House Looks To Amend FLSA To Protect Workers Against Wage Theft

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering taking action to better protect workers against wage theft.

The New Jersey Monitor reports:

“U.S. House lawmakers questioned several labor experts Wednesday before a House Education and Labor panel about how a new bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would protect workers from wage theft.

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the ‘Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022.’ It would require employers to provide pay stubs to workers, establish new minimum and maximum civil penalties for employers who engage in wage theft and provide grants to organizations and institutions to enhance the enforcement of wage and hour laws.

‘It is unacceptable that dishonest employers can steal workers’ wages with little to no consequence,’ House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said. ‘This bill would take critical steps to help workers receive the full pay they’ve earned for all hours worked, including overtime pay, and level the playing field for law-abiding employers.’

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, sponsored the bill on the Senate side.

Republicans on the Workforce Protections subcommittee said the piece of legislation would harm small business owners and slammed Democrats for calling employers ‘thieves,’ however no Democrat on the subcommittee did.

‘Calling our country’s job creators thieves is beyond outrageous,’ said Rep. Fred Keller of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the panel. ‘It would be more predictive to provide compliance assistance, rather than assume employers are bad actors.'”

For the rest of the story, visit the New Jersey Monitor here.

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