Bill aims to stop farm-labor scam

July 06, 2013

The practice of unscrupulous labor contractors owing farmworkers wages and abruptly shutting down the business to duck their obligations, only to reopen under a new name, will be stopped if a proposed law hammered out between farm interests and a Central Coast lawmaker reaches the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 168, authored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would hold any successor of a farm-labor contractor liable for the first contractor’s owed wages, regardless of whether the original contractor was licensed or not.