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Walz addresses wage theft issues during ceremonial bill signing

Walz addresses wage theft issues during ceremonial bill signing Photo: KSTP/ Eric Chaloux

Updated: July 15, 2019 11:45 AM

During a ceremonial bill signing Monday, Gov. Tim Walz reiterated how a new bill is part of an effort to crack down on wage theft throughout the state.

"If you earn a wage, you should be paid that wage," Walz said via a statement on Twitter. "But too many workers are not being paid their full wages and benefits."

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The bipartisan provisions of H.F. 2 classify wage theft as a felony and helps provide employees with increased protections.

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Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is expected to hire up to eight new investigators to look into wage theft complaints.

The DLI estimates that roughly 39,000 Minnesota workers and their families lose up to $12 million annually through wage theft, including the wrongful withholding of pay through underpayment, misclassification of employees, and the nonpayment of mandatory breaks or overtime, among other means.

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