Assembly Bill 2509 (Steinberg – 2000)
Chapter 876, Statutes of 2000 - AB 2509
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Labor Code sections 98.1, 98.2, 203.1, 518.5, 226, 350, 351 and 1174 were amended, and sections 218.6 and 226.7 were added to the Labor Code in 2000 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 2509. (See Exhibit A, #1f) Assembly member Darrell Steinberg introduced the bill on February 24, 2000 at the request of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #9, page 1)
Assembly Bill 2509 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Industrial Relations, and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #2, #3, #9 and #11) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations. (See Exhibit A, #2, #6 and #13) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on September 28, 2000, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 29th as Chapter 876 of the Statutes of 2000. (See Exhibit A, #1f and #2)
The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Governor, dated September 14, 2000 described the bill as last amended as follows:
This bill would make various changes to the Labor Code relative to rights, remedies, and procedures. The bill streamlines and alters many enforcement and administrative procedures of wage and hour laws before the Labor Commissioner and the courts, increases civil penalties and damages for violations.
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This bill contains several provisions that will help to assure that employees receive wages that they have earned. Notable provisions provide for a penalty against employers that pay wages by checks drawn against bank accounts containing insufficient funds; and require an employer appealing an award of the Labor Commissioner to secure wages due by posting an undertaking with the court hearing the appeal.
(See Exhibit A, #17, documents PE-27 and PE-28)