As part of a coalition of more than 50 business groups, we have expressed strong opposition to AB 1164 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach), a bill that would allow an employee to file a wage lien on any “property upon which the employee bestowed labor for the benefit of the property owner and with the owner’s consent and knowledge that such labor was being provided.” This directly allows an employee who performs work in an off-site location to file a wage lien against a third party. Under this bill, a cable installer could file a wage lien against any building in which he installed cable.

The CalChamber has tagged this bill as a “Job Killer,” stating that “it would cripple California businesses by allowing any employee, employee representative, or the Labor Commissioner to file wage liens on an employer’s real property, personal property, or any property where an employee “bestowed labor” for unproven wage claims.”

The bill is set for next week in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where we expect it will meet strong resistance.  Click here to read the text of the bill.


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