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STOP WAGE THEFT! Rep. Brian Elder Among Leaders on Democratic Initiative

December 9, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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House and Senate Democrats introduced a legislative package to Prevent Wage Theft today which will put money back in the pockets of Michigan's hardworking men and women.

A report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this year found that more than 130,000 Michigan workers across all demographic groups are losing $429 million annually as a result of wage theft.

"Every person deserves to take home the wages they earn. But across the state, many Michiganders are losing their hard-earned pay to wage theft," said House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing).

"For the person who is losing $3,000 or $4,000 a year, that is a make-or-break amount of money and they deserve to get it back. It isn't a handout and it isn't a credit -- it is money owed to them, that they earned honestly and were denied.

"While Republicans in Lansing and Washington, D.C. are focused on giving handouts to the top 1 percent, Michigan Democrats are putting working families first with a plan to put more money back in hands of Michigan families."

The five-bill package, House Bills 5326-5330, seeks to address the varying forms wage theft can take, including things like the failure of an employer to pay overtime, offering a "training wage" to young employees, tip confiscation or failure to distribute pay stubs. The legislation would:

· Pay Workers Back Lost Wages and More. Companies that commit wage theft would be eligible for financial penalties to pay workers three times the amount owed, which would be an increase from the existing limit of two times the amount owed.

· Make Enforcing the Law a Priority. The number of staff in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs responsible for pursuing wage theft violations would be doubled.

· Increase Penalties on Bad Actors. The civil penalty for violators would increase from 10 percent annually on the wages and benefits to 100 percent annually. The criminal penalty would also increase from a misdemeanor to a felony, and fines would increase from up to $1,000 to up to $10,000, for repeat wage theft violators.

"These bills should be easy for my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support. We are simply saying that workers should be paid the full amount of money they earned. Stealing their hard-earned wages cannot be tolerated," said state Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City).

"It has been nearly 40 years since our state's wage laws have been updated. In that time, our laws have been failing the hardworking men and women of our state, and it is long past time for that to stop. The working men and women of my district sent me to Lansing to fight for them, and that is why I am supporting these important bills."

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Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers is a former editorial writer for the Bay City Times and a widely read,
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