AGC of America has released a new state-by-state guide on wage theft laws. The comprehensive resource features information on wage theft laws from across the country in a user-friendly format not widely available from any other source. AGC members can access the Wage Theft Guide for free on AGC’s website.
Wage theft – a broad term referring to various ways by which employers fail to pay employees full compensation – is a serious problem in the construction industry. A growing number of state and local governments have adopted laws to address the problem, giving workers new avenues to recover underpaid wages, expanding recordkeeping and notice requirements on employers, increasing penalties for violations, and often holding contractors liable for subcontractors’ violations.
AGC also held a webinar on wage theft on Aug. 8. Presenters Julie Reddig and Nicole Behrman of the law firm Lerch Early Brewer – who also authored the Wage Theft Guide – explained what wage theft is and why it’s a problem for construction contractors, trends in wage theft legislation around the U.S., and best practices for contractors to avoid liability for wage theft. Those who missed the webinar may purchase access to the recording through AGC’s learning management system.
Development of the Wage Theft Guide was made possible through funding from the Construction Advocacy Fund.