New Law Adds Substantial Penalties for Wage Violations and Makes General Contractors Liable for Subcontractors' Payment of Employees

May 3, 2020

The Impact of the New Law

In the ever-evolving landscape of labor and employment laws, a new law has been enacted that significantly increases penalties for wage violations and imposes liability on general contractors for subcontractors' non-payment of employees. This law represents an important development in ensuring fair compensation for workers and holding contractors accountable for their workforce.

Understanding the Penalties for Wage Violations

Under the new law, employers who fail to pay their employees the correct wages can face substantial penalties. These penalties are designed to deter wage theft and compensate employees for their losses. Employers found in violation may be required to pay double the amount of unpaid wages, along with interest. Additionally, they may be subject to fines, penalties, and even criminal charges, depending on the severity of the violation.

Contractor Liability for Subcontractors' Payment

Prior to the implementation of this law, general contractors were typically not held liable for the payment of employees by their subcontractors. However, the new legislation changes this by making general contractors jointly liable for any labor law violations committed by subcontractors, including failure to pay employees.

This provision is aimed at protecting workers by ensuring that they can seek recourse from general contractors, who have a greater ability to pay any required wages and penalties. It also serves as a deterrent, as general contractors will now have a vested interest in verifying that their subcontractors are in compliance with labor laws.

How Richardson Law Firm PC Can Help

At Richardson Law Firm PC, we are dedicated to assisting both employers and employees in navigating labor and employment laws. Our team of experienced attorneys specializes in this complex area of law and can provide guidance on compliance, dispute resolution, and strategic planning.

If you are an employer looking to ensure compliance with the new law and avoid penalties, our attorneys can review your policies and practices to identify any potential areas of concern. We can also provide training to your staff on best practices for wage and hour compliance.

If you are an employee who believes your rights have been violated or if you have not been paid the wages you are owed, our attorneys can advocate on your behalf. We will work diligently to hold your employer accountable and seek the compensation you deserve.

As a trusted legal partner, we understand the complexities of labor and employment laws and keep up-to-date with the latest changes in legislation. Our goal is to protect the rights of both employers and employees, ensuring fair treatment and compliance.

Contact Richardson Law Firm PC for a Consultation

If you have questions about the new law or require legal assistance in labor and employment matters, Richardson Law Firm PC is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys. We will listen to your concerns, provide expert advice, and guide you towards the best course of action for your specific situation.

As a prominent law firm specializing in labor and employment law, we are committed to delivering excellence in legal representation. Trust Richardson Law Firm PC to protect your rights, guide you through complex legal processes, and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Eric Miller
This new law is a positive step towards protecting workers' rights and ensuring fair pay. It holds general contractors accountable for the actions of their subcontractors, providing fairness and accountability in the workplace.
Nov 11, 2023
First Last
This law will bring fairness and accountability to workers.
Nov 8, 2023