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Employers could face tougher penalties for wage theft under Minnesota bill

FEBRUARY 2019 - A Minnesota panel on Wednesday, Feb. 6, passed a bill that would outlaw the practice of wage theft by employers. The House Labor Committee advanced a proposal...

Bruce Hunter: Iowans lose $600 million to wage theft each year

By Rep. Bruce Hunter, House District 34 FEBRUARY 2019 - The news is not good. Currently women in the state of Iowa make 79 cents for every dollar a man...

The fight against labor trafficking expands

FEBRUARY 2019 - Momentum is building in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota to challenge labor trafficking and its root causes. It all began with an arrest In September 2018 contractor Ricardo...

Testimony at MN Capitol underscores need for stronger wage theft laws

FEBRUARY 2019 - Workers and business owners highlighted the need for stronger wage theft laws during a press conference and legislative hearing at the Minnesota Capitol on February 6. The...

Minnesota Charges Contractor with Workers’ Comp Fraud, Labor Trafficking

SEPTEMBER 2018 - A Minnesota construction contractor has been charged with labor trafficking, insurance fraud and theft by swindle for using undocumented workers on his construction crews and threatening to have...

Twin Cities Contractor Accused Of Labor Trafficking

SEPTEMBER 2018 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Twin Cities contractor is accused of bringing undocumented workers to Minnesota and threatening to report them to immigration officials if they complained about being...

Contractor charged with labor trafficking, swindle

SEPTEMBER 2018 - MINNEAPOLIS - A Twin Cities contractor is accused of bringing undocumented workers to Minnesota and threatening to report them to immigration officials if they complained about being underpaid...

Charges: Twin Cities contractor threatened to report his undocumented workers if they complained

SEPTEMBER 2018 - A Twin Cities contractor has been charged with bringing undocumented workers to Minnesota and then threatening to report them to immigration officials if they complained about being...

Contractor Ricardo Batres Charged with Labor Trafficking, Revealing Immigrant Worker Abuse

SEPTEMBER 2018 - Yesterday local authorities executed a search warrant and arrested Ricardo Batres, the owner of American Contractors and Associates (ACA). At a Wednesday press conference, Hennepin County Attorney...

Crystal man has been charged with labor trafficking

SEPTEMBER 2018 - A Crystal man has been charged with labor trafficking for using men on his construction crews who were undocumented and threatening to turn them into federal officials...