Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1114 on June 8, 2016.  The bill amends Colorado Revised Statute  8-2-122, which required employers to affirm legal work status and maintain a copy of the affirmation along with copies of new-hire documents for employment eligibility for the duration of employment. The general assembly found 8-2-122 to be redundant with federal i-9 requiremements, burdensome to employers, and ineffective in preventing hiring of persons ineligible for employment.

Also repealed  by this signing was a provision that allowed fining an employer (up to $5,000 for first offense; $25,000 for second and subsequent offense), upon audit, for failure to submit the required documentation, or submitting false or fraudulent documentation, “with reckless disregard.”

The bill was effective August 10, 2016. Read the bill here.

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