Bill Text: MI SB0254 | 2011-2012 | 96th Legislature | Introduced
Bill Title: Public employees and officers; state; state contractors; require to verify legal residency of employees. Creates new act. [Track Bill]
Status: 2011-03-15 - Reassigned To Committee On Regulatory Reform [SB0254 Detail]
SENATE BILL No. 254
March 10, 2011, Introduced by Senator MEEKHOF and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.
A bill to require verification that public contracts are
performed by employees who are entitled to work in the United
States; to prohibit an employer from discharging certain employees
while employing an illegal alien; to prescribe acceptable methods
for verifying legal presence in the United States; to condition the
eligibility of employers to perform certain public contracts on
participation in the federal immigrant verification system; to
create duties and responsibilities for certain state and local
departments, agencies, and officers; to require promulgation of
rules; and to provide civil remedies and criminal penalties.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the
"public contract and employment eligibility verification act".
Sec. 3. As used in this act:
(a) "E-verify" means the electronic verification of work
authorization program of 8 USC 1324a that is operated by the United
States department of homeland security or any equivalent federal
work authorization program operated by the United States department
of homeland security or any other designated federal agency
authorized to verify the documentation of newly hired employees,
pursuant to the immigration reform and control act of 1986, PL 99-
(b) "Employer" means a person who employs for compensation 10
or more individuals at 1 time during the calendar year.
(c) "Form I-9" means the employment verification form that
fulfills the employment verification obligations under 8 CFR
(d) "Public employer" means a department, agency, or
instrumentality of this state or a political subdivision of this
(e) "Subcontractor" includes a subcontractor, contract
employee, staffing agency, and a contractor.
Sec. 5. (1) A public employer shall register and participate
in the E-verify system to verify the documentation of each new
(2) A public employer shall not enter into a contract for the
performance of services within this state unless the contractor
registers and participates in the E-verify program to verify the
documentation of all of the contractor's new employees and the
contractor agrees to notify the public employer of all new
employees assigned by the contractor or any subcontractor to work
on the contract.
(3) A contractor or subcontractor shall not enter into a
contract or subcontract with a public employer concerning the
performance of services within this state unless the contractor or
subcontractor registers with and participates in the E-verify
system to verify the documentation of all new employees.
Sec. 7. (1) An employer shall not discharge an employee who is
a citizen or permanent resident alien, if on the date of the
discharge, the employer knowingly employed an alien who is not
authorized to work in the United States. A discharged employee has
a private cause of action for a violation of this section. The
prohibition in this section does not apply to a discharge for
(2) An employer, public employer, or contractor using the E-
verify system for its intended purpose is not civilly or criminally
liable under any law for any action taken in good faith based on
information provided through the E-verify confirmation system.
Sec. 9. The department of energy, labor, and economic growth
shall promulgate rules to implement this act pursuant to the
administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to
Sec. 11. (1) An employer or an agency or political subdivision
of the state shall verify the lawful presence of an individual in
the United States as required under section 5 by obtaining a form
I-9 or, in the case of an independent contractor, an affidavit that
the independent contractor and each of the independent contractor's
new employees executes under penalty of perjury and that states
that he or she is 1 of the following:
(a) A United States citizen.
(b) A qualified alien as that term is defined in 8 USC 1641,
and is lawfully present in the United States.
(2) The employer or agency or political subdivision shall
further verify the status of an individual who has executed a form
I-9 or an affidavit described in subsection (1), through the E-
verify system. Until the further eligibility verification is made,
the form I-9 or the affidavit is presumed to be proof of lawful
presence for the purposes of this section.
(3) An individual who knowingly and willfully makes a false,
fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation in a form I-9
or an affidavit executed pursuant to this section is guilty of
perjury punishable as provided in section 423 of the Michigan penal
code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.423.
(4) An individual who willfully and repeatedly violates this
act is responsible for a state civil infraction and shall be
ordered to pay a civil fine of not less than $100.00 and not more
than $1,000.00 per violation.
Sec. 13. (1) Any business, including a subcontractor, that
violates section 5(3) shall be debarred from contracting with any
public body in this state for a period of 1 year from the date of
the final determination of that violation by a public body or court
(2) A public employer shall immediately terminate for default
the public contract or subcontract of any business, including a
subcontractor, found to have employed 2 or more unauthorized aliens
during the period in which the business was in violation of section
(3) An employer who has complied with the requirements of
section 5(3), including cooperation with the investigation of an
alleged violation by a subcontractor, is not subject to the
sanctions under this section for a subcontractor or individual