A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law earlier this week, but the rest of the law is set to take effect.
Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration.
Starting Jan. 1, businesses with 500 or more employees will have to use a federal database to check the immigration status of new hires, a requirement that will be phased in for all businesses with more than 10 employees by July 2013.
Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday blocked two sections of the law until a lawsuit filed by the groups challenging the law's constitutionality can be resolved.