Wage Theft Bill Moves Past House Judiciary Panel
TALAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida House Judiciary panel has cleared a bill that would set uniform state standards for employees seeking compensation for unpaid wages.
A study conducted by the Florida International University Research Institute found that nearly 2000 cases of wage theft have been reported since 2008 in Alachua County worth more than a million dollars.
In order to fix the problem a majority of the county commission hopes to come to a pass an ordinance before the state can act.
Alachua County Commission Chair Mike Byerly says that he is, “Hoping that we’re not going to once again be preempted by the state on an item that we all feel is a local home rule issue, local governments, ought to be able to have an ordinance that deals with this issue.”
Miami Dade County was the first county to adopt the bill in 2010 and serves as a model for Alachua County’s ordinance.
the state should vote within the next two weeks on their wage theft bill.
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