PA 15-86—SB 914

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING AN EMPLOYER'S FAILURE TO PAY WAGES

SUMMARY: With one exception, this act requires, rather than allows, a court to award double damages plus court costs and attorney's fees if it finds that an employer failed to (1) pay an employee's wages, accrued fringe benefits, or arbitration award or (2) meet the law's requirements for an employee's minimum wage or overtime rates.

Under the act, the double-damage requirement does not apply to employers who show they had a good-faith belief that their underpayments were legal. Such employers must, however, pay the full amount of the wages (less any amount they already paid) plus court costs and attorney's fees. By law, the labor commissioner can collect unpaid wages and payments or bring a civil suit on the employee's behalf.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

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