Victory! SB 588 Signed into Law

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed an historic worker’s rights bill into law. SB 588, the Fair Day’s Pay Act, will give millions of dollars back to working individuals and their families by cracking down on wage theft.

Wage theft is a pervasive trend in the low-wage industries in which many low-wage and immigrant workers toil. It is the illegal practice of not paying workers for all, or any, of their work.

While California has some of the most protective laws in the country, low-wage workers are not immune to wage theft. In Los Angeles alone, low-wage workers lose $26.2 million in wage theft violations every week, making it the wage theft capital of the country.

Under previous state law, employers could get out of paying employees stolen wages in many different ways, by exploiting loopholes in existing law. For over three years, the Wage Justice Center, along with 60 other organizations across California, fought to pass a bill that would close these loopholes in existing state labor laws.

The Fair Day’s Pay Act creates new tools needed to put stolen wages back into workers’ pockets. It sends a strong message to employers that California supports its workers, their families, and businesses that play by the rules rather than exploit the system.

The Wage Justice Center is looking forward to implementing the Fair Day’s Pay Act to ensure that all California workers are paid fairly.