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November 20, 2019

Salt Lake County Updates Policies to Protect the Rights of Contract Workers

Gabe Moreno - Email

Salt Lake County, UT — Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson's proposed Minimum Standards Ordinance passed the County Council unanimously on Tuesday, November 19. The ordinance provides an update to county procurement policies to ensure contractors offer essential benefits and improved job safety for those working on county projects.

“This policy is critical because contractors who offer safeguards for employees were being outbid by competitors who did not offer healthcare benefits or critical safety programs," said Mayor Wilson.

This new ordinance will set a minimum standard for Salt Lake County contracts of $3 million for general contractors, $1 million for subcontractors, and $3 million for their subcontractors. Projects exceeding those thresholds will require:

  • For improved job site safety, a drug and alcohol testing program, in accordance with Utah Law, must be administered by the employer.
  • A job safety program that complies with the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards must be in place.
  • Employers are also required to offer health insurance to their employees.

"These policies will not only ensure a better working environment for employees but will encourage better products to be delivered to county residents by happier, healthier workers," said Mayor Wilson.