News from the GCVCC Business Legislative Advocacy Committee
AB 1003 OPPOSE. AB 1003 would make the intentional theft of wages in an amount greater than $950, in aggregate, by an employer from one or more employees, punishable as grand theft.
AB 1003 would subject employers of all sizes, including individual owners, to criminal liability/jail time for good faith wage disputes totaling $950.00 or more, even when the employer is simply following the advice of the state Labor Commissioner. This broad criminalization of a failure to pay wages is overly vindictive and likely violates Article I, Section 10 of the California Constitution that prohibits criminal liability for failure to pay a debt without intent to commit fraud.