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« on: September 02, 2019, 09:06:31 PM »
« edited: September 15, 2019, 04:48:27 PM by Unconditional Surrender Truman »

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AN ACT
to ensure honest wages for honest work

Section 1 (Title)
i. The title of this Act shall be, the "Victims of Wage Theft Legal Expense Act." It may be cited as the "Expense Act."

Section 2 (Responsibility for paying expenses in wage theft cases)
i. In cases of alleged wage theft, where a court of this Commonwealth, or a jurisdiction thereof, should find an employer (hereafter "the defendant") withheld earned wages from an employee (hereafter "the plaintiff"), the defendant shall be responsible for all legal fees incurred by the plaintiff in the course of the case.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 09:19:51 PM »

As it says on the tin, this legislation would allow courts to order the defendant in a wage theft case to pay the legal expenses of the plaintiff in the event the employer is found to have withheld earned wages from an employee. One study from 2009 estimates as much as $60 billion is stolen every year by employers who withhold earned wages from their employees (Source). At present, however, the prohibitive expense of pursuing legal resolution leaves workers in a position where they simply cannot afford to claim their earned wages. This bill seeks to address this issue by lifting the financial burden of reclaiming stolen wages.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 06:59:34 PM »

Don't all start at once. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 04:31:54 PM »

A straightforward solution to a very real problem.  This has my support.

I wonder if there is a way to take this a step further and prevent employers from retaliating against employees who complain about lost wages?
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2019, 09:57:40 PM »

A straightforward solution to a very real problem.  This has my support.

I wonder if there is a way to take this a step further and prevent employers from retaliating against employees who complain about lost wages?
I would certainly welcome an amendment.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 09:42:34 AM »

Amendment:
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AN ACT
to ensure honest wages for honest work

Section 1 (Title)
i. The title of this Act shall be, the "Victims of Wage Theft Legal Expense Act." It may be cited as the "Expense Act."

Section 2 (Responsibility for paying expenses in wage theft cases)
i. In cases of alleged wage theft, where a court of this Commonwealth, or a jurisdiction thereof, should find an employer (hereafter "the defendant") withheld earned wages from an employee (hereafter "the plaintiff"), the defendant shall be responsible for all legal fees incurred by the plaintiff in the course of the case.

ii. It shall be unlawful for any employer who has been subject to complaints of withheld wages to retaliate against the plaintiff by means of job termination or wage deduction.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2019, 11:55:28 AM »

Good bill, I will support this.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2019, 01:33:17 PM »

Amendment is friendly.
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2019, 09:09:01 PM »

I move for a final vote.
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 09:13:58 PM »

Seeing no objection, we proceed to a vote. Members will vote Aye, Nay, or abstain. Voting will last 48 hours or until all members have voted.



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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2019, 09:41:47 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2019, 07:26:28 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2019, 09:16:10 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2019, 12:52:05 AM »

Aye.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2019, 04:48:14 PM »

With five votes in favor and none opposed, the resolution passes.
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2019, 09:52:56 PM »

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to ensure honest wages for honest work

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Section 1 (Title)
i. The title of this Act shall be, the "Victims of Wage Theft Legal Expense Act." It may be cited as the "Expense Act."

Section 2 (Responsibility for paying expenses in wage theft cases)
i. In cases of alleged wage theft, where a court of this Commonwealth, or a jurisdiction thereof, should find an employer (hereafter "the defendant") withheld earned wages from an employee (hereafter "the plaintiff"), the defendant shall be responsible for all legal fees incurred by the plaintiff in the course of the case.

ii. It shall be unlawful for any employer who has been subject to complaints of withheld wages to retaliate against the plaintiff by means of job termination or wage deduction.



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