Calif. Passes Tougher Minimum Wage Law Package

Law360, New York (August 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT) -- The California Senate has passed legislation that imposes stiffer penalties against violators of the state's minimum wage law, with a two-bill package that attempts to crack down on the state's underground economy.

The bills move to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after passing with bipartisan majorities Tuesday and Wednesday.

One measure, AB 1881, doubles the amount employees can recover in minimum wage lawsuits, and the other, AB 2771, makes a crime out of an employer's failure to furnish employees with wage statements.

The measures, introduced...
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