Miami-Dade enacts first county ‘wage theft’ law — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
Miami-Dade County last month became the first county in the nation to pass a “wage theft” law—and it likely won’t be the last. The ordinance, which took effect March 1, says a wage-theft violation occurs when an employer fails to pay any portion of wages due to an employee. It allows the county to step in to help workers win back pay.
Experts say this means employers that make a mistake regarding independent contractor status or FLSA overtime exemption status could face a “wage theft” claim.
A Florida union leader called the new law “momentous,” saying it “hopefully will encourage groups all over the country to establish similar mechanisms for workers in their communities.” San Francisco has a wage-theft law covering the city, and Los Angeles and New Orleans are also considering such legislation.
The federal government predicts its new crackdown on employee misclassification will reap at least $7 billion in federal revenue over the next 10 years. Don't become a notch on the IRS' belt! Discover your compliance mistakes now—before the feds do—and learn how to manage your independent contractors legally....Click here to find out more.