On March 15, 2011 Governor Gary Herbert signed the Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Amendments Act. The ceremony took place at the state capitol in Salt Lake City.
Under the new Utah immigration law, undocumented workers would pay $2.500 for a guest worker permit that allows them to be employed in Utah. Undocumented workers could also apply for a family permit, which would allow all members of the immediate family to work in Utah.
The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2013.Implementation is complex, because currently the guest worker and his employer would still be in violation of federal immigration laws, including the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act or IRCA of 1986. That law imposes penalties on any employer (more…)
The Utah E-Verify law that went into effect on July 1, 2010 offers some unique benefits to employers.
While the law does not require that all Utah employers use E-Verify, an employer who does so will be able to avoid penalties and fines under state law, if the employer unintentionally hires an undocumented worker.
The Utah E-Verify law does not protect an employer who knowingly hires illegal workers, even if they pass E-Verify using forged documents or inaccurate information. Nor does it protect Utah employers from federal sanctions if they are found to have hired illegal aliens. However, in the past some employers have escaped federal as well as state penalties when they could show a good-faith effort to determine that employees were legally authorized to work in the U.S. Using E-Verify (more…)
Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City signed an ordinance that makes it illegal to
The law prohibits discrimination in employment decisions including:
Terms of Employment
The law also prohibits employers from harassing any employee based on his or her sexual orientation, and from retaliating against employees who file complaints.
All of the above protections also apply to (more…)
Like many other states across America, such as Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Idaho and Indiana, Utah increases the state minimum wage when the federal minimum wage increases. Therefore, on July 24, 2009, when the federal minimum increased by 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, the Utah minimum wage increased to match the federal rate.
Unlike these other states whose laws simply mandate that they adopt the federal minimum as their own, Utah’s only requires the state Labor Commission to review the rate when the federal minimum changes.
In 2007, the federal Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 set out to increase the federal minimum wage with three annual increases. Each increase was to be 70 cents beginning in 2007 and ending in 2009. The federal minimum began at $5.15 per hour, increasing to $5.85 in 2007, then to $6.55 in 2008 and finally to $7.25 per hour in 2009.
On July 24, 2008, the federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour. Like the minimum wage in several other states, the Utah minimum wage also increased to $6.55 per hour.