DOL Applauds Governor Blunt's Crackdown On The Hiring of Illegal Workers, Improving State
Jefferson City, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - Missouri
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Todd Smith expressed his support of
Gov. Matt Blunt's proposals to enhance job security in Missouri.
"I applaud the governor's tremendous success at creating new jobs and economic growth
in Missouri and share his continuous desire to make state government more efficient,
effective and responsive to our citizens," Smith said. "The governor's budget proposals
for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations help us deliver on that promise,"
In his State of the State address last night, Gov. Blunt kept his promise to help make
Missouri an even better place to live, work and raise a family through several plans that
will help even more Missourians realize the American dream.
Gov. Blunt already has implemented a new hiring procedure in state government to verify
employees' worker eligibility to ensure that tax dollars do not support illegal labor. The
governor also has called for new laws to enact stronger employment verification and punish
those who knowingly hire illegal workers.
The governor is calling for legislation to allow the state to withhold 25 percent of
compensation owed to any contractor found to be using illegal labor. The new law will
further penalize employers from unlawfully exploiting illegal labor and will be enforced by
the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Standards.
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has answered the governor's call for a
more efficient state government while increasing customer service. The Department continues
to make significant improvements in state services and is committed to identifying
workers' compensation fraud and referring those cases for prosecution. In calendar year
2007, nearly 200 workers' compensation cases were referred to the Attorney General's
Office for prosecution. Identifying workers' compensation fraud protects the funding
reserved for Missouri's injured workers.
Under Gov. Blunt's administration, change is working. The governor has helped
Missourians create nearly 90,000 new jobs since taking office in January 2005. The
governor's priorities have resulted in improved state services for all Missourians. As a
result of these initiatives, the state of our state grows stronger every
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