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. #

You May Also Like

By the numbers: Foreign-born naturalized citizens eligible to vote in 2012

The number of foreign-born naturalized citizens U.S. citizens eligible to vote in November 2012 is important to Democrats and Republicans alike. According to data released Thursday by the Immigration Policy Center, South Carolina, where the next GOP primary will take place on Jan. 21, is home to at least 218,000 immigrants, 30 percent of whom are naturalized citizens. Florida, according to the data, is home to almost 3.8 million immigrants, and almost 49 percent are naturalized citizens.