Public Hearings for Wage Theft Bills Set for Monday in Nebraska Legislature

Public hearings for two bills that would defer and reprimand wage theft will be go in front of the Business and Labor Committee next Monday, February 4. LB 560, introduced by Senator Heath Mello of District 5, would expand record keeping requirements, provide whistleblower protections, and make wage theft a Class VI misdemeanor to be prosecuted by the County Attorney. The other wage theft bill, LB 177, which was introduced by Senator Jim Smith of District 14, will also be heard that day. This bill assesses civil penalties and damages if an employer willfully violates the Wage Payment and Collection Act.

When: Monday, February 4, 2013

Time: 1:30PM

Where: Nebraska Legislature Rm. 2102 – Lincoln, Nebraska

Your participation is imperative to getting these bills out of committee. There are three opportunities to get involved in next Monday’s hearings:

* Participate in the Public Hearing: You go and be present at the hearing OR you can go, participate, and testify in front of the committee. If you are interested in either  and would like to go to Lincoln with the Heartland Workers Center, please contact us by phone at 402.933.6095 to reserve your seat by Friday, February 1 at noon.

* Send a Testimony: If you are unable to attend the hearing, but would still like to send your testimony in favor of the bill, you can email it to by Monday at 10AM.

* Call the Senators: You can also call or email the Committee members to let them know you support the bill. The members and their contact information is as follows:

Sen. Steve Lathrop, Chairman       402.471.2623

Sen. Brad Ashford                               402.471.2622

Sen. Ernie Chambers                          402.471.2612      N/A

Sen. Thomas Hansen                          402.471.2729

Sen. Burke Harr                                    402.471.2722

Sen. Amanda McGill                           402.471.2610

Sen. Norman Wallman                       402.471.2620

Attached you will find the bills, as well as a summary of each. If the bills get out of committee, more work will be needed, such as contacting all senators to tell them why this bill is important, to ensure the bill is actually passed by at least 30 senators.