Timothy M. Kaine

Bill would protect low-wage workers

Are you being paid for all the hours you work? Many people are not. According to research by the Economic Policy Institute, wage theft includes failing to pay the minimum wage; requiring people to work off the clock; and denying workers required meal breaks, among other tricks. These little thefts add up to $ 15 billion per year nationwide. Low-wage earners suffer the most from these practices.

Legislation has been introduced in both branches of Congress to address these issues. Called the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, the twin bills should be endorsed by both parties. If passed, the law would require employers to provide initial terms of employment; provide regular...