Arkansas Passes Bill Barring Illegal Immigrant Labor
on Public Contracts
Arkansas House Bill 1024, "an act to prohibit state agencies
from contracting with businesses that employ illegal immigrants,"
has recently been passed, and awaits the governor's signature.
The new Act states, "No state agency may enter into or renew
a public contract for services with a contractor who knows that
the contractor or a subcontractor employs or contracts with an illegal
immigrant to perform work under the
contract." Additionally, the new Act requires all prospective
government contractors to provide certification that they neither
employ, nor contract, any illegal immigrants at the time of certification.
Should there be found a violation of this statute, the contractor
would have sixty days to rectify the situation or face loss of the
contract for breach, and be liable for damages.
In a further measure, the Act states that any subcontractors on
public projects must provide the primary contractor with a certification
that the subcontractor does not employ nor contract any illegal
immigrants. Any primary contractor who finds a subcontractor to
be in violation of this statute may then terminate the subcontractor
with no breach-of-contract repercussions.
Additionally, the Act provides specific definitions of the following
terms: "illegal immigrants," "professional services
contract," "public contract for services," "technical
and general services" and "state agency."
HERE to view the full text of the Act.