Starting January 1, 2022, California employers risk criminal charges for the intentional theft of wages.[i] An intentional theft of wages in an amount greater than $950 for one employee, or $2,350 for two or more employees will subject an employer to a criminal charge of grand theft.

Enacted September 2020, SB 1159 codified and superseded Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order No-62-20. The statute applies to California employers with five or more employees and employees who test positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at their place of work on or after July 6, 2020. As the state continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic it is worth keeping in mind that this statute’s rebuttable presumption remains in effect until January 1, 2023.

Teresa McQueen

As part of the Western Growers Ag Legal Issues Webinar Series, a recording of “Pack Your PACA Punch!”, hosted by Rynn & Janowsky LLP’s June Monroe, is now available.

The webinar empowers sales and accounting teams with the most up-to-date information about the PACA Trust, including how to maintain and maximize your PACA Trust rights and teaching viewers how to utilize recent legal trends to improve your bottom line.

Jason Resnick


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