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State Senate bill targets businesses that fail to pay employees
State Senate bill targets businesses that fail to pay employees

Workers in California are paid less than the legal minimum wage about 372,000 times every week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Their employers are seldom called to account. Even when they are ordered to pay back wages by the state, only a fraction of the employees ever collect what they are owed. New state Senate legislation introduced Tuesday aims to give state authorities more power to collect back wages from violators. The bill, from Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would require companies to post a $150,000 bond toward  employees' back wages if the firms fail to pay what the state orders. Companies that don't post the bond could face...

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