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Pinellas County wage-theft law challenged as unconstitutional

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A Largo executive search firm is challenging the constitutionality of Pinellas County’s recently enacted wage-theft ordinance. KLA Industries is an Ohio-based executive search firm located at 801 W. Bay Dr., Suite 203 in Largo. Zachary J. “Zach” Burns, 30, is a Madeira Beach resident and former KLA employee who recently moved from West Chester, Ohio. State records show Burns incorporated the recruitment company Stratus Search in March 2017. Stratus Search has its office at 3530 1st Ave. N, Suite 203,…

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Sarasota County school bus drivers file wage theft suit

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Should school bus drivers get overtime pay for being stuck in traffic or “sweeping (out) the bus”? A group of current and former Sarasota County school bus drivers says “yes” in a federal lawsuit filed this week in Tampa. They sued the county school board for “wage theft” for not being paid for a long list of time-consuming parts of the job. All their examples made up what they call “not paying employees for time worked beyond the time estimated by…

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Pinellas commissioners moving forward with wage theft recovery program

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By tomorrow, Pinellas County will be one step closer to implementing a county-run wage theft recovery program. Pinellas’ county commissioners are slated to approve a public hearing notice for a proposed wage theft recovery ordinance at their October 20 regular meeting. The actual hearing is scheduled for November 10. The ball got rolling on July 30, when commissioners gave staff the go-ahead to develop the wage theft ordinance criteria. Since then, the county has allocated $50,000 to the Office of…

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Pinellas County to develop wage theft recovery program

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The reflection of a county-run wage theft recovery program is beginning to twinkle in the collective eye of Pinellas County’s Board of Commissioners. The seven-member group gave staff the go-ahead to develop the program’s criteria at its July 30 work session. The program will be designed by the Office of Human Rights, while the Board will provide feedback and direction throughout the process. It will revolve around a yet-to-be-established ordinance prohibiting wage theft. What the ordinance will do, in theory, is…

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Popular Clearwater Beach Sandpearl Resort sued for wage theft

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Clearwater Beach’s Sandpearl Resort is the defendant in a lawsuit alleging wage theft. Three current or former employees who worked as in-room servers at the resort filed a suit on behalf of themselves and a group of unnamed others claiming the resort forced them to work about five hours per week of unpaid overtime. The suit was filed by Aris Poloska, 25, Romeo Nasellari, 23, and Blerim Kambo, 34, last week. The suit does not specify how many others are…

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Wage theft ordinance heads to St. Pete City Council for first reading

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St. Pete City Council has advanced a wage theft ordinance out of committee. It will be heard at the council meeting on April 2 after clearing the Committee of the Whole Thursday afternoon. City Council member Darden Rice proposed a wage theft ordinance that would set a citywide procedure for employees to lodge complaints and launch investigations into employers who aren’t paying them all of the wages they’re due. Wage theft can include not paying a worker for all of…

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St. Pete, Pinellas consider wage theft ordinances

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It won’t come up for a vote until March 26, but St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice is confident a wage theft ordinance will pass it’s first stop in the committee of the whole. “It will probably be a couple of meetings before it formally gets approved,” she said. “But we’ll probably be making some significant motion to move this ahead.” During a meeting last month Rice proposed a wage theft ordinance that would set a citywide procedure for…

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