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“Forgetting” to Pay Wages in California may be a Criminal Offense in 2022

“Forgetting” to Pay Wages in California may be a Criminal Offense in 2022

November 23, 2021 at 10:11 AM - employment policies,

Effective January 1, 2022, a new California law imposes criminal penalties on employers who intentionally withhold wages and tips from their employees. The law was passed on September 27, 2021, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into effect Assembly Bill 1003, making an employer’s intentional theft of wages - in an amount greater than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) from any one employee, or two thousand three hundred fifty dollars ($2,350) in the aggregate from two or more employees, in any consecutive 12-month period - punishable as grand theft.

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