TechCrunch article 3rd October 2018 18:22:13 The US Department of Labor has been taking on the problem of wage theft by the most exploited groups in America, including the lowest paid, with a new initiative called the Wage Theft Elimination Center.
The center, which opened this week, has more than 200 people in states across the country, as well as in cities such as Washington, DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Boston.
“We have seen a significant increase in the number of claims filed by the lowest-paid workers since the beginning of the year,” said the Wage and Hour Division’s chief of human resources, Susan Hagerty.
“In addition to the low-wage workers who are now filing more claims, we have also seen an increase in complaints about employers abusing the legal system by refusing to pay workers.”
Wage theft is a problem that has been going on for decades.
The wage theft rate for the lowest income workers is over 80 percent,” Hagert said.
The new centers will collect data on wage theft claims filed between January and October and provide an updated report every two weeks.
“Over the next year, we are going to continue to work to expand wage theft protection across the economy, including with our new Wage Theft Prevention Initiative.” “
The Wage Theft Reduction Act of 2018 has been working to ensure that low-income workers have access to a legal and safe wage, and that businesses and their workers are protected,” Haggerty said.
“Over the next year, we are going to continue to work to expand wage theft protection across the economy, including with our new Wage Theft Prevention Initiative.”
Wage theft is the theft of a job or pay, which is usually due to an unpaid wage.
It affects workers, their families, and the businesses in which they work.
The number of wage claims has increased dramatically over the past year, and has been on the rise since 2017.
The increase has also come on top of a decline in overall wage growth.
Wage theft claims have dropped in every year since 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and are down by more than 25 percent since 2017, according the US Bureau of Justice Statistics.
In the last two years, the US has seen a sharp drop in wage growth, with the national unemployment rate falling from 6.4 percent in September 2018 to 4.3 percent in October 2018.
Wage and hour officials say there is an increased chance that a worker’s employer will pay less than minimum wage, or that the employer will hire someone who has a criminal record.
“It’s a matter of fairness.
If a worker is paid less than a minimum wage or they are being paid below their legal wage, they’re going to try to get it,” said Hagerity.
The Wage Theft Reductions Act, passed in May 2018, requires employers to disclose the wage they pay to a claimant and the amount of time they are working and on leave.
Employers are also required to pay a minimum amount of back wages to workers, which includes overtime.
In 2018, employers are also prohibited from using deductions to pay low-paid employees less than the minimum wage.
“This bill is designed to help employers, workers and consumers in the United States, who may have been unfairly treated, by making it easier for workers to report wage theft and making it less likely that a wage is stolen from them,” Hagers said.
The Wage and Wage Reduction Act is part to the Trump administration’s goal of reducing wage theft across the US economy.
In January, the President signed an executive order to increase funding for the Wage Reduction Center, which will also include training and technical assistance to businesses on how to better track and report wage violations.
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