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H.B. 348 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

Senate Sponsor: Sheldon L. Killpack

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill increases penalties under Title 34, Chapter 29, Employment Agencies.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    allows a person to recover two times the amount of money paid to an employment
                  agency as a commission in advance;
                      .    increases the allowable penalty for other violations of Title 34, Chapter 29,
                  Employment Agencies; and
                      .    makes technical changes.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:
                      34-29-8, as enacted by Chapter 85, Laws of Utah 1969
                      34-29-15, as enacted by Chapter 85, Laws of Utah 1969
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 34-29-8 is amended to read:
                       34-29-8. Taking commission in advance unlawful -- Penalty.
                      (1) It [shall be] is unlawful for any employment agent to receive, directly or indirectly,

                  any money or other valuable consideration from any person seeking employment for any
                  information or assistance furnished or to be furnished by the agent to such person, enabling or
                  tending to enable [such] that person to secure [such] employment, [prior to] before the time
                  [such] the information or assistance is actually furnished.
                      (2) An employment agent who violates Subsection (1) is liable to the person from whom
                  the money or other valuable consideration is received for an amount equal to twice the amount of
                  money or other valuable consideration paid to the employment agent.
                      Section 2. Section 34-29-15 is amended to read:
                       34-29-15. False statements -- Failure to keep registers -- Other violations -- Penalty.
                      (1) If [any] a person engaged in the business of employment or intelligence agent or
                  broker[, duly] licensed [as provided in] under this chapter[,] does the following, that person is
                  liable under Subsection (2):
                      (a) gives any false information or makes any misstatement or any false promises
                  concerning any work [or], employment, or occupation[, or];
                      (b) fails to keep the registers as prescribed in Sections 34-29-11 and 34-29-12 [, or shall];
                      (c) willfully [make] makes any false entries in [such register or shall violate] a register
                  under Section 34-29-11 or 34-29-12 ; or
                      (d) violates any other [provisions] provision of this chapter [for which violation penalties
                  are not hereinbefore provided, he].
                      (2) If a person violates Subsection (1) and no penalty is otherwise provided in this
                  chapter, the person shall for each and every offense be fined in any sum not exceeding [$100]
                  $200, and in the discretion of the trial court, [his] the person's license may be revoked.

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