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California cracks down on wage theft by employers
California cracks down on wage theft by employers

State regulators are wielding a new tool to combat the intractable problem of employer wage theft, which costs workers an estimated $390 million a year. The California controller, working with the state labor commissioner, is demanding restitution from suspected violators — and filing lawsuits, if necessary — under California's Unclaimed Property Law. "We're using a 55-year-old statute to compel immediate payment from unscrupulous businesses that have fleeced their employees of earned wages for years," state Controller John Chiang said at a news conference in Fresno on Thursday. Chiang has ordered a pair of firms, identified in a pilot project, to...

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