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S.B. 238

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VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT STATUS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

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House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the provision related to status verification of public employers and
             10      government contractors to require certification of compliance.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires certification of compliance;
             14          .    requires incorporation of the certification into an audit or annual report;
             15          .    requires that the certification be provided to the public upon request; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          63G-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 138
             24     
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 63G-11-103 is amended to read:
             27           63G-11-103. Status verification system -- Registration and use -- Performance of


             28      services -- Unlawful practice -- Certification.
             29          (1) As used in this section:
             30          (a) "Contract" means an agreement for the procurement of goods or services that is
             31      awarded through a request for proposals process with a public employer and includes a sole
             32      source contract.
             33          (b) "Contractor" means a subcontractor, contract employee, staffing agency, or any
             34      contractor regardless of its tier.
             35          (c) "Public employer" means a department, agency, instrumentality, or political
             36      subdivision of the state.
             37          (d) (i) "Status Verification System" means an electronic system operated by the federal
             38      government, through which an authorized official of a state agency or a political subdivision of
             39      the state may inquire by exercise of authority delegated pursuant to 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1373, to
             40      verify the citizenship or immigration status of an individual within the jurisdiction of the
             41      agency or political subdivision for a purpose authorized under this section.
             42          (ii) "Status Verification System" includes:
             43          (A) the electronic verification of the work authorization program of the Illegal
             44      Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1324a,
             45      known as the E-verify Program;
             46          (B) an equivalent federal program designated by the United States Department of
             47      Homeland Security or other federal agency authorized to verify the work eligibility status of a
             48      newly hired employee pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986;
             49          (C) the Social Security Number Verification Service or similar online verification
             50      process implemented by the United States Social Security Administration; or
             51          (D) an independent third-party system with an equal or higher degree of reliability as
             52      the programs, systems, or processes described in Subsection (1)(d)(ii)(A), (B), or (C).
             53          (e) "Unauthorized alien" means an alien as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1324a(h)(3).
             54          (2) (a) Each public employer shall register with and use a Status Verification System to
             55      verify the federal employment authorization status of a new employee.
             56          (b) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or
             57      national origin.
             58          (3) (a) Beginning July 1, 2009:


             59          (i) a public employer may not enter into a contract for the physical performance of
             60      services within the state with a contractor unless the contractor registers and participates in the
             61      Status Verification System to verify the work eligibility status of the contractor's new
             62      employees that are employed in the state; and
             63          (ii) a contractor shall register and participate in the Status Verification System in order
             64      to enter into a contract with a public employer.
             65          (b) (i) For purposes of compliance with Subsection (3)(a), a contractor is individually
             66      responsible for verifying the employment status of only new employees who work under the
             67      contractor's supervision or direction and not those who work for another contractor or
             68      subcontractor, except as otherwise provided in Subsection (3)(b)(ii).
             69          (ii) Each contractor or subcontractor who works under or for another contractor shall
             70      certify to the main contractor by affidavit that the contractor or subcontractor has verified
             71      through the Status Verification System the employment status of each new employee of the
             72      respective contractor or subcontractor.
             73          (c) Subsection (3)(a) does not apply to a contract:
             74          (i) entered into by the entities referred to in Subsection (3)(a) prior to July 1, 2009,
             75      even though the contract may involve the physical performance of services within the state on
             76      or after July 1, 2009; or
             77          (ii) that involves underwriting, remarketing, broker-dealer activities, securities
             78      placement, investment advisory, financial advisory, or other financial or investment banking
             79      services.
             80          (4) (a) It is unlawful for an employing entity in the state to discharge an employee
             81      working in Utah who is a United States citizen or permanent resident alien and replace the
             82      employee with, or have the employee's duties assumed by, an employee who:
             83          (i) the employing entity knows, or reasonably should have known, is an unauthorized
             84      alien hired on or after July 1, 2009; and
             85          (ii) is working in the state in a job category:
             86          (A) that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility; and
             87          (B) which is performed under similar working conditions, as defined in 29 U.S.C., Sec.
             88      206 (d)(1), as the job category held by the discharged employee.
             89          (b) An employing entity, which on the date of a discharge in question referred to in


             90      Subsection (4)(a) is enrolled in and using the Status Verification System to verify the
             91      employment eligibility of its employees in Utah who are hired on or after July 1, 2009, is
             92      exempt from liability, investigation, or lawsuit arising from an action under this section.
             93          (c) A cause of action for a violation of this Subsection (4) arises exclusively from the
             94      provisions of this Subsection (4).
             95          (5) (a) The chief executive officer of a public employer shall in writing annually certify
             96      on behalf of the public employer whether the government entity was in compliance with this
             97      section in the previous calendar year.
             98          (b) If a public employer is otherwise required to prepare an annual report or audit, the
             99      public employer shall include the certification required under Subsection (5)(a) as part of the
             100      annual report or audit.
             101          (c) A public employer shall provide a copy of the certification to a person at the request
             102      of the person.




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