As a result of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition’s advocacy and recommendations in its 2014 Wage Theft Report, https://www.sccgov.org/sites/owp/econ-adv/Documents/wage-theft-report-final-2014.pdf, The County of Santa Clara launched the Food Permit Enforcement Program, a new enforcement tool to help fight for worker rights and fair wages. The County’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) launched the Food Permit Enforcement Program, through which OLSE and DEH will exercise the County’s authority to suspend food permits from vendors with outstanding wage theft judgments. The new program is one of several efforts OLSE is implementing to address a pervasive problem that is disproportionately affecting vulnerable employees, many of them immigrants, women and low-wage workers.
As a result of the advocacy of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, on March 20, 2018, Milpitas City Council adopted Ordinance No. 295 establishing a City-wide Wage Theft Policy. Now the City of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill all have wage theft policies and ordinances.
The City of Milpitas issued the following press release which states in part:
All businesses in the City of Milpitas which are required to have a business license are subject to the new wage theft ordinance.
The new ordinance gives the City the ability to revoke or suspend the business license of any employer who refuses to pay their final court order or administrative action when found by a Local, State or Federal agency in violation of wage or hour laws. Without a business license an employer would effectively not be able to operate in the City of Milpitas.
The Wage Theft Coalition tabled at the Day Worker Center of Mt. View’s Resource Fair on November 17, 2019.