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Miami-Dade enacts first county ‘wage theft’ law

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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.

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