Assemblymember Hart to Lead Oversight Hearing on Wage Theft

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Assemblymember Gregg Hart (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, announced a legislative oversight hearing in response to the recent State Auditor’s report on wage theft. The audit identified substantial deficiencies by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office in assisting Californians affected by wage theft.

The hearing will take place on Thursday, June 20th upon adjournment of session in Sacramento. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will be joined by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, as well as the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

“The Labor Commissioner’s Office clearly needs to do a better job helping Californians who have been victims of wage theft. A backlog of 47,000 claims is unacceptable. A collection rate of 12 percent is unacceptable. Taking an average of more than two years to issue decisions on wage claims is unacceptable,” said Assemblymember Gregg Hart. “At the hearing, I want to hear real solutions to these problems from the Labor Commissioner. Californians who have been victims of wage theft deserve better.”

Assemblymember Ortega, Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, said, “Even if we filled all of the current vacant positions, the scale of the problem is so vast, it is time to consider a structural change. Let’s explore alternatives ranging from incentivizing employer compliance to empowering employee enforcement. I am prepared to help lead such an exploration.”

“I want to acknowledge my colleagues, Senator Glazer and Assemblymember Alvarez, for initiating this audit. I also want to thank the California State Auditor and his office for diligently performing this important audit,” said Assemblymember Gregg Hart.

The full audit is available online here.

Gregg Hart represents the California Assembly’s 37th Assembly District, which includes Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Buellton, Solvang, Lompoc, Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Orcutt, and Nipomo. He currently serves as the Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector.

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    • If all of it went to low-income documented workers, would that be “wage theft”? They’re just lazy, right? We spend an awful lot of money on providing housing for those who cannot afford market rents – is that “wage theft”? Aren’t taxes in general really “wage theft”? (Wait – you like driving on roads and visiting parks? They’re all the product of “wage theft”!) So you just want to stop the small fraction of taxes that pays some degree of emergency medical care for undocumented workers and others? That won’t affect your “wage theft” a whole lot. Better to just save your money.

    • BOARDER – do you understand the fact that not funding healthcare for illegal immigrants, results in them avoiding preventative care and using up resources and time in ERs which costs us MORE in taxes than simply providing them with MediCal so they can get their basic health needs, which costs us LESS?

      So, do you want to pay more money or less money? Which is it?

      Same with education. Want more crime or less crime? Giving people the chance at college (who otherwise wouldn’t have it) results in a better educated community, which results in less people turning to a life of crime. More educated populace and less crime is good, right?

      It’s like Cons have no ability to think beyond themselves and their precious tax pennies. Mine, Mine, Mine!

      I for one would rather pay less taxes and have a safer, more educated community, especially since it will cost me LESS than refusing to help others.

    • Looks like a definition is called for here (s/).
      California Dept. of Industrial Relations says “Wage theft is a form of fraud. Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay workers according to the law. Examples of wage theft include paying less than minimum wage, not paying workers overtime, not allowing workers to take meal and rest breaks, requiring off-the-clock work, or taking workers’ tips.”
      Or flat-out not paying employees. It is stealing labor and what is due the worker.

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