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Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Children & Families
This ordinance details the procedure for wage theft complaints in St. Petersburg, FL, including the process of filing wage theft complaints, employer responses, conciliation, and hearings before a hearing officer. Moreover, this ordinance also outlines enforcement practices and retaliation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
Wage Theft causes large amount of national loss each year. Ohio spends few resources on wage investigation, and hence cities can take steps to prevent wage theft within their jurisdictions. Cities can use procurement, licensing, tax enforcement, and tax incentives....

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance creates a wage theft coordinator for the City and provides definitions, duties, penalties, feed, procedural requirements, a private right of action and other related items regarding wage theft....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Transportation & Mobility
In recent years, cities have become the drivers of government innovation. As urban growth has exploded over the past half century - increasing from a third to nearly 60 percent of world population today - local officials have been forced to solve problems and generate new ideas, policies,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance outlines the procedure for wage theft complaints in Seattle, WA. In particular, this ordinance gives power to The Director, or his or her designee, to refuse to issue or renew, or revoke any business license from violators....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety, Health
As construction activity in the southern United States continues to flourish, concern over workers’ health and safety grows. Economic hardships, few or no opportunities for career advancement, unstable work, injuries, and even death on the job are commonplace for construction workers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source U.C.L.A. Institute For Research On Labor And Employment
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines violations of labor laws in Los Angeles by using survey data from 1,815 workers. The report finds violations in the areas of minimum wage, overtime, off the clock work, and meal and rest breaks in a wide variety of industries by both large and small employers....

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance establishes a new Wage Enforcement Division within the Bureau of Contract Administration of the Department of Public Works, to enforce violations of wage theft in Los Angeles, establish penalties, and grant authority to the City of Los Angeles Police Commission to deny,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This revision to the city's Living Wage Ordinance strengthens and extends the ordinance. In particular, it states that a higher wage for airport employees and employees of City lessees and licensees is needed to reduce turnover and retain a qualified and stable workforce....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Finance & Procurement
An unprecedented number of cities and counties around the nation have adopted a local minimum wage that is higher than the federal wage floor. Today, more than 20 cities and counties have a higher local minimum wage; 11 were approved in 2014 alone. This wave of local minimum wage...

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance outlines the procedure for wage theft complaints in El Paso, TX. In particular, this ordinance creates a wage theft database, maintained by a Wage Theft Coordinator designated by the City Manager, to identify employers with a wage theft adjudication record, establish...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) New Jersey
Source New Brunswick City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance modifies existing business licensing requirements to require denial of a business license to any applicant having been found to have committed wage theft if that finding has not been remedied or cured. Previously, New Brunswick law required all business license applications...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Oakland City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the decline of Milwaukee's economy over the past 30 years and evaluates the city's current challenges including high unemployment, low job quality, extreme racial inequality, and central city economic isolation. The report recommends overcoming these challenges...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source Broward County Commission
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance provides a variety of worker protections against wage theft. A complaint for non-payment of earned wages, if not resolved through conciliation, is heard by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards. If a violation is established, the hearing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety, Health
The U.S. economy is headed towards greater inequality as middle-class jobs are becoming increasingly scarce, while low wage jobs are growing. This report details ten proposals to strengthen the economy for the long term by creating “good” jobs and addressing the economic insecurity...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
Approximately 42 percent of workers in America now earn under $15 per hour. They are nursing assistants, home care workers, janitors, waiters and waitresses, cashiers, truck drivers, and many others who keep our families and businesses going. They are also disproportionately women,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The federal enforcement of wage theft is weak, causing harm to workers. The Cincinnati City Council can start to stand against wage theft by adopting Just Pay ordinance, which allows local enforcement of wage and hour laws and protects employers from unfair comprtition....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
Wage theft is a catchall term for a range of situations in which an employer fails to pay an employee, and it can take many forms - from employers paying employees less than the minimum wage or failing to pay overtime to withholding tips, not providing employees with their final paycheck,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Hotels in the LAX area have instituted the practice of adding a "service charge" of 15% to 20% of the bill for banquets and other large group events. Some hotels pass a portion of the service charge to the workers who actually performed the services, while other hotels retain the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines methods for cities to improve job quality in their communities by using city regulatory power to establish wage floors and other employment standards, regulating domestic-employee placing agencies, using city resources to enforce existing government employment...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
An ordinance setting the procedure for wage theft complaints in San Francisco, CA....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Though California has enacted numerous laws that help workers recover stolen wages, access paid leave from work, and enforce safe and humane working conditions, such legislation fails to deliver economic security to working Californians unless accompanied by strong enforcement mechanisms....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Florida
Source West Homestead Borough Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the problem of wage theft in Florida. It defines wage theft, identifies industries and occupations in Florida with wage violations, and estimates back wages owed by employers. The report also provides six recommendations to reduce or eliminate wage and hour violations...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Children & Families
This ordinance details the procedure for wage theft complaints in Miami-Dade County, including the process of filing wage theft complaints, employer responses, subpoenas, conciliation, and hearings before a hearing officer. Moreover, this ordinance also outlines enforcement practices...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Many of the largest companies operating in the United States have increased their profits by forcing employees to work off the clock or by depriving them of required overtime pay. An analysis of federal and state court records shows that these corporations have been embroiled in hundreds...

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