Payment of wages; remedies, penalties. (HB259)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Payment of wages; remedies; penalties. Expands the information an employer is required to provide to its employees when wages are paid to include the name and address of the employer, the number of hours worked during the pay period, and the rate of pay. The measure prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee, and an employee who has been discharged or discriminated against may file a complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry and seek appropriate remedies. The measure authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compliance with the prohibition on retaliatory actions and collect on behalf of the employee three times the amount of unpaid wages and three times the amount of wages the employee would have earned absent the prohibited discrimination. The Commission is further authorized to assess and collect a civil penalty of no less than $2,500 and no more than $10,000 per employee subject to the prohibited discrimination. Finally, the measure authorizes the Department to conduct investigations on behalf of other employees if it learns that other employees of the same employer are not being paid wages. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102439D
01/02/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2018Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/2018Referred from Commerce and Labor
01/18/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB259)
01/23/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2018Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/13/2018Left in Appropriations