HB241 cites the federal and state minimum wages – both, even if properly enforced, leave large segments of the working population unprotected – and then cites a number of other federal wage and hour laws all of which are tangential at best since they only apply to either contractors doing business with the federal government or to industries employing farm labor. #

Ironically, the list of laws the bill cites as justification only calls attention to the need to protect rather than cut down efforts like Miami-Dade’s ordinance, which unlike those laws provides an efficient and accessible remedy and in its protections does not leave out the most vulnerable. #

has logged 402 wage claims, some of which were referred to the Miami’s office of the [Wage and Hour Division]; processed over 280 intake forms; moved approximately 57 complaints forward to a hearing examiner; and collected nearly $40,000, the majority of which was collected in less than five months as the ordinance only became fully implemented in September 2010. #

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