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H.J.R. 25

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM by ddonat. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM by ddonat. -->              1     






Chief Sponsor: Christopher N. Herrod

Senate Sponsor: Gene Davis

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges employers in the state of Utah to preserve
             12      the jobs of employees authorized to work in the United States and to only hire
             13      individuals authorized to work in the United States.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    urges Utah employers to take all steps necessary to preserve the jobs of individuals
             17      authorized to work in the United States; and
             18          .    urges Utah employers to hire only individuals who are authorized to work in the
             19      United States.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          WHEREAS, the economies of America and Utah are facing unprecedented challenges;
             25          WHEREAS, in December 2008, unemployment in Utah was 48% higher than in
             26      December 2007, and the rate is projected to increase significantly in the coming months;
             27          WHEREAS, Utah employers who violate federal employment laws by hiring persons

             28      who are unauthorized to work in the United States place an undue economic burden on Utah
             29      employers who attempt to hire only persons who are authorized to work in the United States;
             30          WHEREAS, certain Utah employers use unauthorized workers to create an unfair
             31      competitive advantage over competing employers by shifting their burden to taxpayers and
             32      citizens through the avoidance of payroll taxes, neglecting to withhold income taxes, failing to
             33      provide health insurance coverage, hiring employees using fraudulent documents and stolen
             34      identities, and ignoring workers' compensation insurance requirements;
             35          WHEREAS, thousands of authorized Utah workers are losing their jobs while
             36      unauthorized workers continue to be employed and to compete for jobs with Utah citizens and
             37      legal residents;
             38          WHEREAS, H. [ the Utah economy is further weakened when unauthorized workers
             39      transfer a significant portion of their earnings to foreign nations rather than spending them in
             40      Utah where they would support local businesses and contribute to Utah's sales tax collections;
] legal

             40a      immigrants, who have made great sacrifices to follow the law, often suffer the most from these
             40b      unauthorized workers and must wait longer to bring their family members to this country .H
             41          WHEREAS, unauthorized workers are more likely to suffer exploitation and unfair
             42      treatment by employers who pay substandard wages, fail to compensate overtime, fail to
             43      comply with recognized industry safety standards, and deny payment for work done;
             44           H. [ WHEREAS, 13% of all identity theft in Utah is employment related, and H. [1,629]
             44a      1,626 .H
] WHEREAS, 1,626 Utah .H

             45      companies were found to be paying salaries to individuals with Social Security numbers of
             46      Utah children H. [ on public assistance ] .H under age 13; and
             47          WHEREAS, Utah employers have expressed their desire to have a legal workforce and
             48      their willingness to H. [ fingerprint and name check potential workers ] confirm worker
             48a      status .H :
             49          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             50      urges employers in Utah to take all steps possible to H. verify the documentation of an
             50a      employee's legal status to .H ensure that they preserve the jobs of
             51      American citizens and legal residents, protect Utah employers who comply with state and
             52      federal employment laws, control job-related identity theft, and ensure that the economy and
             53      taxpayers of Utah are not unduly burdened when unauthorized workers are employed and their
             54      status exploited.
             55          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each of Utah's
             56      Chambers of Commerce, the Utah Labor Commission, and the Utah Department of Workforce
             57      Services.

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    as of 2-9-09 5:38 PM

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