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California passes new wage theft law

California passes new wage theft law

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2022 | Employment Law

The state of California has recently passed a new law that focuses squarely on wage theft. This is sure to affect businesses and their employees in San Diego and the rest of the state. The law is known as AB 1003. This law redefines wage theft. It also imposes a series of severe penalties for engaging in this act.

What is AB 1003 all about?

AB 1003 is designed to write a whole new chapter in employment law. It begins by redefining wage theft as grand theft. This makes for far harsher penalties for those who are convicted. The law is especially severe on business owners, company executives, and managers. Heavier fines and jail time can be imposed.

The law took effect on January 1, 2022. If convicted, employers can face felony grand theft penalties. At the same time, employees are not barred from filing a separate action to recover their wages. It should be noted that independent contractors are covered under the general terms of an employee by this new law.

When should you file a wage theft claim?

There are a number of conditions under which you are free to file a claim for wage theft. You can obtain legal advice and representation from a qualified employment lawyer for this purpose.

Some common instances of wage theft can be listed as follows:

  • Refusing to pay overtime
  • Refusing to pay minimum wage
  • Paying employees off the clock
  • Not granting meals or rest periods in the proper manner

Do you feel that your employer has failed to meet proper working and payment conditions? If this is the case, you should file a claim. AB 1003 provides for a thorough investigation into working conditions and payment practices.

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