Nonpayment of wages; private cause of action by an employee. (HB551)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nonpayment of wages; private action. Provides that an employee has a private cause of action against an employer who fails to pay wages to recover the amount of wages due plus interest at eight percent annually from the date the wages were due. If the court finds that the employer knowingly failed to pay wages, the court shall award the employee reasonable attorney fees and other costs. If the court finds that the employer's failure to pay wages was willful and with intent to defraud the employee, the court shall also award the employee three times the amount of wages due. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101230D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB551)
01/18/2018Referred from Commerce and Labor
01/18/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (9-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)