Alachua County Wage-Theft Ordinance Advances to Public Hearing
Published March 27th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Following Tuesday night's Board of County Commissioners meeting, Alachua County could soon be only the third county in the state with a ordinance against wage-theft. The ordinance would give employees in the county the option of using a mediator to settle any claims that they were underpaid.
The draft ordinance advanced by a 3-to-1 vote with Commissioner Lee Pinkoson casting the lone vote in dissent. Commissioner Baird was absent.
While all four of the commissioners present said they thought such an ordinance would be a good idea, Commissioner Pinkoson expressed concern over whether the county could afford the temporary costs associated with the hearing officers. The hearing officers would be in charge of issuing a non-binding decision in each case if both the employer and the employee cannot reach an agreement.
The draft ordinance presented to commissioners Tuesday night is modeled after the wage-theft ordinance adopted by Miami-Dade county nearly three years ago.
Now that the first hurdle has been cleared, there will be a public hearing on April 16 at 5 p.m.
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