The GOP resolution supported a unanimously passed Utah House 'joint' resolution (HJR 25) which died on the Senate calendar at the time deadline closing the 2009 legislative session.
Resolution on Employment Verification
- WHEREAS, we the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party, are fully supportive of the employment of Utah's legal employees, and
- WHEREAS, we fully support the Republican National Committee Platform on immigration: "Our commitment to the rule of law means smarter enforcement at the workplace, against illegal workers and lawbreaking employers alike, along with those who practice identity theft and traffic in fraudulent documents. As long as jobs are available in the United States, economic incentives to enter illegally will persist. But we must empower employers so they can know with confidence that those they hire are permitted to work."
- WHEREAS, we support resolution HJR 25 which was passed unanimously by the Utah House on February 27, 2009,
- To wit:
- "Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
- WHEREAS, the economies of America and Utah are facing unprecedented challenges;
- WHEREAS, in December 2008, unemployment in Utah was 48% higher than in December 2007, and the rate is projected to increase significantly in the coming months;
- WHEREAS, Utah employers who violate federal employment laws by hiring persons who are unauthorized to work in the United States place an undue economic burden on Utah employers who attempt to hire only persons who are authorized to work in the United States;
- WHEREAS, certain Utah employers use unauthorized workers to create an unfair competitive advantage over competing employers by shifting their burden to taxpayers and citizens through the avoidance of payroll taxes, neglecting to withhold income taxes, failing to provide health insurance coverage, hiring employees using fraudulent documents and stolen identities, and ignoring workers' compensation insurance requirements;
- WHEREAS, thousands of authorized Utah workers are losing their jobs while unauthorized workers continue to be employed and to compete for jobs with Utah citizens and legal residents;
- WHEREAS, legal immigrants, who have made great sacrifices to follow the law, often suffer the most from these unauthorized workers and must wait longer to bring their family members to this country
- WHEREAS, unauthorized workers are more likely to suffer exploitation and unfair treatment by employers who pay substandard wages, fail to compensate overtime, fail to comply with recognized industry safety standards, and deny payment for work done;
- WHEREAS, 1,626 Utah companies were found to be paying salaries to individuals with Social Security numbers of Utah children under age 13; and
- WHEREAS, Utah employers have expressed their desire to have a legal workforce and their willingness to confirm worker status
- NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges employers in Utah to take all steps possible to verify the documentation of an employee's legal status to ensure that they preserve the jobs of American citizens and legal residents, protect Utah employers who comply with state and federal employment laws, control job-related identity theft, and ensure that the economy and taxpayers of Utah are not unduly burdened when unauthorized workers are employed and their status exploited.
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each of Utah's Chambers of Commerce, the Utah Labor Commission, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services." (End HJR25)
- THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this State Central Committee fully endorses this resolution,
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be also sent to all Republican members of the Utah Legislature, and Utah members of the US Congress.