Arkansas moves closer to preventing wage theft

Dianne Enriquez |

The Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center and their allies scored a big win for wage theft prevention last week!

ArkansasThe NAWJC is leading the campaign against wage theft in Arkansas, and helped craft the language of the wage theft prevention law. After research and revisions to HB1881, the worker center as well as other allies of the statewide coalition presented a tremendous case to legislators. The chair to decide to create a special committee to review the legislation and introduce the bill in the next session this spring. 

If passed, the law would:

  • require employers to pay all employees by the next regular payday following termination or departure
  • require the employers pay a civil penalty to the former employee if wages are not paid
  • limit the wage deductions an employer can make to required taxes or other court ordered payments unless there is written authorization from the employee.

Members of the subcommittee responded to worker, Department of Labor, and other expert testimonies with overwhelming compassion and strong desire to end a terrible epidemic they had no idea was occurring in their very districts. Even members who do not favor pro-worker legislation could not deny that wage theft is hurting everyone and seemed to show no opposition for the advancement of the bill.

NAWJC is one of several IWJ affiliated organizations working on wage theft campaigns at the local or state leve. Learn more about wage theft.

For more information on the Arkansas Wage Theft Prevention bill, call the NAWJC at (479) 750-8015 or check out their website and facebook page.

Dianne Enriquez is the National Coordinator of IWJ's worker center network, and coordinating IWJ's national campaign against wage theft. She testified before the Arkansas sub-committee with our hark-working friends from NAWJC last week. 
Photo courtesy John Lyon, Arkansas News.