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Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, is sponsoring legislation that would give workers 12 months to file a wage theft claim.

Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, is sponsoring legislation that aims to mitigate wage theft in Idaho. The bill, which passed out of committee on Tue., Feb. 19, modifies current law to double the amount of time employees have to file a claim for unpaid wages to 12 months.

“Most Idahoans realize they have had wages stolen when they start to file taxes,” Erpelding said. “In many cases, the wages were paid longer than 6 months ago so the individual can no longer file a claim to get their wages back. Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is easily noticeable. A lot of people get their check and don’t double check to see if they have been paid the right amount.”

Workers must pay close attention to their pay stubs to catch wage theft, which is an issue throughout the U.S., according to an Economic Policy Institute report.

“Wage theft is unfair to working Idahoans,” Erpelding said. “If you worked for a certain amount of money, you should be getting that amount. When Idahoans are taken advantage of, they should have the ability to take action to get what they deserve."

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