Increase Fines for Certain Wage and Benefits Violations

Last updated: Jul 4, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Jared Golden, House 60
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1004

Position:

Opposed to the original bill. Now, just monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill has become law without the governor's signature.

UPDATE: This bill has been modified significantly. It now requires the Department of Labor to issue an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters concerning complaints received by the department regarding violations of state wage and hour laws that resulted in final action by the department.

UPDATE: The sponsor unveiled an amendment that changes the bill dramatically. In addition to increasing the fines on employers, it allows for private right of action and other penalties.

Summary:

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.