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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2018 04:27 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/11/2018 04:27 PM
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Attorney General Becerra Opposes U.S. Department of Labor's Employer Friendly PAID Program

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 10 fellow attorneys general today in sending a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta condemning the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program. The PAID Program allows employers who violate labor laws to avoid prosecution and penalties in exchange for simply paying the back wages their employees were already owed under federal law. The Program also undercuts state and local labor enforcement agencies, like the California Department of Justice’s Underground Economy Unit, from enforcing state wage and hour laws that serve to protect workers’ rights.




“Californians who depend on every penny they’ve earned to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads should have a government that’s working for them, not against them,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The PAID Program does the complete opposite by giving unscrupulous employers a free pass to avoid accountability for wage theft – not to mention undercutting state and local labor agencies that look out for working people. While Washington fails to protect workers, the California Department of Justice stands committed to protecting workers’ rights and enforcing the law.”

The letter explains that the new pilot program undermines longstanding state and federal laws by allowing employers to enter agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that ignore the possible added value of any applicable claims under state law, which could include violations of higher state or local minimum wage and overtime rates. The PAID Program gives employers significant leverage to convince wage-theft victims to waive their rights under state labor law in order to collect wages they’ve earned but haven’t been paid. Further, the program allows the DOL to release employers from the obligation to pay any applicable liquidated damages, interest, or penalties that may apply for violating wage and hour laws.

Attorney General Becerra was joined on the letter by the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the letter is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.

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Posted on: 2018-04-11 16:30:30   By: Anonymous
 
typical lefty, always want to criminalize and punish the business sector

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    Posted on: 2018-04-11 16:49:40   By: Anonymous
     
    Another Trumptard ignorant post
    He just wants people to be paid for their work, and be able to file grievances
    This is what we are losing with the Republicans trying to dismantle common sense workplace laws that Unions have advocated for ever
    Not like your hero Donnie does, screws employees and gets away with it

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    Posted on: 2018-04-11 20:07:37   By: Anonymous
     
    Come on, trash talk is from a trash mind. Surely you are smart enough to understand that if an employer cheats an employee on pay, if he only has to pay what he owes, it makes it more attractive to cheat the employee.. now if the employer will also have to pay a fine or penalty, then there is a potential downside to cheating the employee. Get it?

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Feds Continue to Erode Personal Protections
Posted on: 2018-04-12 10:18:46   By: Anonymous
 
This Trump administration simply continues to remove any protections for consumers, workers, individuals. All for the company; nothing for the human.

They removed regulations put in place that protected consumers from misrepresentations by lending and financial institutions. So, we're back where we were 15 years ago with lenders and banks simply did not tell consumers what they were getting into, and we ended up with a housing crisis, e.g., foreclosures.

Now, Trump's stooges are turning back the clock on worker protections. Who cares if an employer requires people to report for work early, but not clock in until later, so there is no over-time? Who cares if an employer requires a worker to clock out when there is not a customer in the shop? Worker can't leave but doesn't get paid for having to be there 'in case someone comes in'.

These protections are there because workers are taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers. Good employers don't need to worry because they treat employees fairly. Lack of regulation only helps those who take advantage and hope they don't get caught.

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