California Employment Laws are an Integral Part of the State's Economic Recovery

California currently faces a whopping budget deficit that has swollen into the billions. One problem that plagues the state is the underground economy. When businesses cheat employees out of wages, the companies are also cheating the state out of taxes. After all, more wages means more taxable income for California. The problem is that the state lacks the resources sufficient to combat employer wage and hour violations. This is evidenced by the Private Attorney General Act of 2004 which was enacted to allow private attorneys, after following proper procedural guidelines, to file lawsuits on behalf of the state of California for wage and hour violations. This brilliant theory may actually end up working not only because it gives the state the back up it needed to fight employers acting in violation of the Labor Code, but also because suing under the PAGA equips employment attorneys with significant procedural leverage in wage and hour class action litigation.

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