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Law hopes to cut Antelope Valley unemployment

December 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A law goes into effect Friday in Lancaster requiring businesses to verify that all newly hired employees are eligible to work in the country. Businesses will have to use the federal E-verify system before putting new workers on the payroll.

"It is absolutely essential that our local businesses comply with the law when choosing who to employ," Mayor R. Rex said.

The mayor also says difficult economic times have made jobs scarce and 17 percent of Antelope Valley residents are currently struggling with unemployment, so it's important that all available jobs go to hard-working, law-abiding citizens.

The E-verify system is a free and simple Internet-based system which verifies workers through the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration.