I commend The Miami Herald for the March 27 editorial calling on our legislative delegation to stop the assault on fair-wage laws. The proposed wage-theft preemption law, though, would limit Miami-Dade’s ordinance to only the smallest businesses.
Further, the bill imposes notice requirements on unpaid workers throughout Florida that will give their employers an extended time to pay workers before the worker can even take the case to court. Then, should the worker, often a low-wage worker, even be able to afford court, the worker must prove by a “preponderance of the evidence” the wages owed, shifting the responsibility from the employer to the employee to maintain payroll records.
This is contrary to federal labor law and gives an incentive to employers to not maintain payroll records. The only uniformity established by this legislation is the uniform harm that will be done to workers, their families and local economies should the law be passed.
Jeanette Smith, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, Miami