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Bill Detail: SB23-231

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Title Amend Fund To Allow Payment Overdue Wage Claims
Status Governor Signed (04/17/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors R. Bockenfeld (R)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Appropriations
Senate Committee Appropriations
Date Introduced 03/24/2023

Joint Budget Committee. The bill amends the wage theft
enforcement fund (fund) to allow the division of labor standards and
statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment
(department) to use money in the fund to pay employees who are owed
money from their employers due to obligations and liabilities related to
the payment of wages or other compensation. If an employer fails to
fulfill the order to pay an employee that results from a wage claim or an
investigation within 6 months after the division issues a citation and
notice of assessment to the employer or, if the employer requests a
hearing, within 6 months after the hearing officer issues a decision, the
bill allows the division to pay the employee, from the fund, the amount
of money owed by the employer. The bill specifies that after the division
pays the employee, the employee cannot recover that payment amount
from the employer, the division shall continue to pursue payment from the
employer, and any money recovered from the employer by the division
will be credited to the fund.
The bill requires the division to promulgate rules specifying
procedures for employees to request payments and criteria for the division
to make determinations on employee requests.
The bill also continuously appropriates money in the fund to the
division for the purpose of making payments to employees and excludes
the fund from the limit on cash fund reserves.
For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $12,657
from the fund to the department for use by the executive director's office
for personal services.

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