Commission to consider wage theft measure again
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.
The Alachua County Commission will once again discuss a potential wage-theft ordinance Tuesday at its evening public hearing.
The ordinance, if enacted, would make the county a mediator in disputes over unpaid wages between workers and employers. The commission debated differing approaches to the problem earlier this month.
Meanwhile in Tallahassee, State Sen. Rob Bradley, a Republican whose district includes Alachua County, has filed the related Senate Bill 1216. The state measure would pre-empt future county wage-theft ordinances that would handle disputes through a hearing-officer method, as Miami-Dade County does, and would instead direct employees to resolve their cases through the court system.
The Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force, a local coalition, has built community support for a local ordinance in recent months. Common forms of wage theft include unpaid overtime and working only for tips.
The public hearing starts at 5 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st Street.
Before its evening discussion, the commission will consider other issues at its 9 a.m. regular meeting. Items up for debate include the county's project priorities for the Florida Department of Transportation's five-year work program as well as the 30-percent design plans for the construction project for Northwest 23rd Avenue at the intersection of Fort Clarke Boulevard.
The plan, which is estimated to cost $1 million, includes extending turn lanes, widening sidewalks and upgrading the roadway lighting. Construction is expected to start in summer 2014.
Contact Morgan Watkins at 338-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.