New California Bill Would Help Enforcement Against “Epidemic” Wage Theft

California’s Senate leader has introduced a new bill, S.B. 588, that would allow state regulators efforts to go after employers that illegally withhold wages from workers by requiring employers who have failed to pay court orders to post a bond of $150,000.

In discussing S.B. 588, State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon stated that “wage theft has reached epidemic proportions in California.”  The U.S. Department of Labor recently found that between 334,000 and 372,000 workers in California were paid less than the minimum wage each week, at a cost of between $1.2 and $1.5 billion annually.

S.B. 588 is set to be heard by the California Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2015.