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CS/HB 609: Wage Protection for Employees

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary Committee ; Goodson ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Tobia

Wage Protection for Employees; Creates civil cause of action for collection of unpaid wages; requires employer to pay wages due to employee for work that employee performed within specified time; requires claimant, as condition precedent to bringing claim for unpaid wages, to notify in writing employer of employee's intention to initiate claim; provides for content of notice; allots employer specific time to pay total amount of unpaid wages or otherwise resolve claim to satisfaction of claimant; provides for venue of such claims; prohibits maintenance of class action; provides for damages to include court costs & interest; authorizes county, municipality, or political subdivision to establish administrative, nonjudicial process by which claim may be filed by, or on behalf of, aggrieved employee; prohibits county, municipality, or political subdivision from adopting or maintaining in effect law, ordinance, or rule for purpose of addressing unpaid wage claims other than to establish administrative process as provided in act; provides that any regulation, ordinance, or other provision for recovery of unpaid wages by counties, municipalities, or political subdivisions is prohibited & preempted to state.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012
Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate - Died in Community Affairs
Location: In committee/council (CA)
Bill Text: PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Community Affairs (CA)
  2. Judiciary (JU)
  3. Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
11/8/2011 House • Filed
11/21/2011 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 61
11/30/2011 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 12/07/11, 1:00 pm, 404 HOB
12/7/2011 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 10 NAYS 4 -HJ 176
• Now in Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee -HJ 176
1/9/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee, 01/11/12, 11:30 am, Webster Hall
1/10/2012 House • Introduced -HJ 61
1/11/2012 House • Favorable by Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee; YEAS 11 NAYS 4 -HJ 219
1/12/2012 House • Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 219
2/20/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/22/12, 8:00 am, 404 HOB
2/22/2012 House • CS by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 12 NAYS 6 -HJ 815
2/23/2012 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
• Placed on Calendar -HJ 812
• CS by Judiciary Committee read 1st time -HJ 797
2/24/2012 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/28/12
2/28/2012 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 894
• Placed on 3rd reading
2/29/2012 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 944
• Amendment(s) failed (094285, 257121, 680919) -HJ 944
• CS passed; YEAS 77 NAYS 38 -HJ 946
2/29/2012 Senate • In Messages
3/5/2012 Senate • Received -SJ 817
• Referred to Community Affairs; Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability -SJ 817
3/9/2012 Senate • Died in Community Affairs