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First Substitute S.B. 251

Senator D. Chris Buttars proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

House Sponsor: Christopher N. Herrod

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to employment to address verification of
             10      employment eligibility.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    enacts the Private Employer Verification Act, including:
             14              .    defining terms;
             15              .    addressing private employers' obligations related to verification of federal legal
             16      working status and liability protections;
             17              .    providing for voluntary registration with the Department of Commerce by a
             18      private employer who participates in employee verification; and
             19              .    requiring the Department of Commerce to publish a list of registered private
             20      employers participating in employee verification.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             26      ENACTS:
             27          13-47-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28          13-47-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          13-47-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          13-47-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          13-47-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          13-47-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          13-47-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 13-47-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             39          13-47-101. Title.
             40          This chapter is known as the "Private Employer Verification Act."
             41          Section 2. Section 13-47-102 is enacted to read:
             42          13-47-102. Definitions.
             43          As used in this chapter:
             44          (1) "Department" means the Department of Commerce.
             45          (2) "Employee" means an individual:
             46          (a) who is hired to perform services in Utah; and
             47          (b) to whom a private employer provides a federal form required for federal taxation
             48      purposes to report income paid to the individual for the services performed.
             49          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), "private employer" means a person
             50      who for federal taxation purposes is required to provide a federal form:
             51          (i) to an individual who performs services for the person in Utah; and
             52          (ii) to report income paid to the individual who performs the services.
             53          (b) "Private employer" does not mean a public employer as defined in Section
             54      63G-11-103 .
             55          (4) (a) "Status verification system" means an electronic system operated by the federal
             56      government, through which an employer may inquire to verify the federal legal working status

             57      of an individual who is a newly hired employee.
             58          (b) "Status verification system" includes:
             59          (i) the electronic verification of the work authorization program of the Illegal
             60      Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1324a;
             61          (ii) a federal program equivalent to the program described in Subsection (4)(b)(i) that
             62      is designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security or other federal agency
             63      authorized to verify the employment eligibility status of a newly hired employee pursuant to the
             64      Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986;
             65          (iii) the Social Security Number Verification Service or similar online verification
             66      process implemented by the United States Social Security Administration; or
             67          (iv) an independent third-party system with an equal or higher degree of reliability as
             68      the programs, systems, or processes described in Subsection (4)(b)(i), (ii), or (iii).
             69          Section 3. Section 13-47-103 is enacted to read:
             70          13-47-103. Scope of chapter.
             71          A private employer shall comply with this chapter, and this chapter shall be enforced
             72      without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, familial status, or
             73      source of income.
             74          Section 4. Section 13-47-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Verification by Private Employer

             76          13-47-201. Verification required for new hires.
             77          (1) A private employer who employs 15 or more employees as of July 1, 2010, may not
             78      hire a new employee on or after July 1, 2010, unless the private employer:
             79          (a) is registered with a status verification system to verify the federal legal working
             80      status of any new employee; and
             81          (b) uses the status verification system to verify the federal legal working status of the
             82      new employee in accordance with the requirements of the status verification system.
             83          (2) This section does not apply to a private employer of a foreign national if the foreign
             84      national holds a visa issued in response to a petition by the private employer that is classified as
             85      H-2A or H-2B.
             86          Section 5. Section 13-47-202 is enacted to read:
             87          13-47-202. Liability protections.

             88          (1) A private employer may not be held civilly liable under state law in a cause of
             89      action for the private employer's unlawful hiring of an unauthorized alien, as defined in 8
             90      U.S.C. Sec. 1324a, if:
             91          (a) the private employer complies with Section 13-47-201 ; and
             92          (b) the information obtained in accordance with the status verification system indicated
             93      that the employee's federal legal status allowed the private employer to hire the employee.
             94          (2) A private employer may not be held civilly liable under state law in a cause of
             95      action for the private employer's refusal to hire an individual if:
             96          (a) the private employer complies with Section 13-47-201 ; and
             97          (b) the information obtained in accordance with the status system verification indicated
             98      that the individual's federal legal status was that of an unauthorized alien as defined in 8 U.S.C.
             99      Sec. 1324a.
             100          Section 6. Section 13-47-203 is enacted to read:
             101          13-47-203. Voluntary registration by private employer certifying participation in
             102      verification.
             103          (1) (a) A private employer may register with the department certifying that the private
             104      employer is in compliance with Section 13-47-201 .
             105          (b) A private employer may register with the department under this section regardless
             106      of whether the private employer is required to comply with Section 13-47-201 .
             107          (2) To register or renew a registration with the department under this part, a private
             108      employer shall:
             109          (a) file a registration statement with the department that certifies compliance with
             110      Section 13-47-201 ; and
             111          (b) pay a fee established by the department in accordance Section 63J-1-504 that
             112      reflects the cost of registering employers under this section and publishing the list described in
             113      Section 13-47-204 .
             114          (3) A registration under this part expires every two years on the anniversary of the day
             115      on which the registration is filed with the department.
             116          (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             117      department may make rules to provide for:
             118          (a) the form of a registration statement under this section;

             119          (b) the process of filing a registration statement under this section; and
             120          (c) the process of renewing a registration statement under this section.
             121          Section 7. Section 13-47-204 is enacted to read:
             122          13-47-204. Department to publish list of registered private employers.
             123      On and after July 1, 2010, the department shall publish electronically a list of private
             124      employers who register under Section 13-47-203 on a website accessible to the general public
             125      without a charge.

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