By Laura Perdew
The California Chamber of Commerce is urging members to ask senators to oppose a “job killer” bill that would allow employees to harass employers by filing prejudgment unproven wage liens on their property.
The bill, AB 2416 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley), creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged-yet-unproven wage claims.
The Senate Appropriations Committee put AB 2416 on its suspense file on August 4, pending a review of the bill’s fiscal impacts. The committee is scheduled to consider bills on the suspense file on August 14.
Innocent Property Owners
AB 2416 would cripple California businesses by allowing any employee, governmental agency, or anyone “authorized by the employee to act on the employee’s behalf” to record liens on an employer’s real property or property where an employee “performed work” for an alleged, yet unproven, wage claim. The bill also would severely disrupt commercial and personal real estate markets in California.
At the time of recording the lien, the employee would have no burden to provide any actual evidence that the employer violated any wage and hour law.
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Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce