Increase Accountability for Wage Violations

Last updated: May 14, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Appropriations Table
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Collings, House 42
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 857



UPDATE: The committee amended the bill to $500 for the first violation, up to $2,500 for subsequent violations and proposes adding four new labor inspectors. The vote was along party lines with Democrats supporting the bill and Republicans opposing the bill.


This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.