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Albuquerque to hold minimum wage enforcement hearing

Created: 08/14/2014 9:09 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The City of Albuquerque will hold a hearing September 4 on its proposed rule for enforcing the minimum wage.

For months, protests and petitions marked the fight for what advocates called a fairer minimum wage in Albuquerque. When the changes did pass, there was some murkiness in regards to whether the city would consistently enforce it.

"Employers got the message that they didn't have to follow the law," OLE Executive Director Matt Henderson said. "Now the city, I think, is going to have to do a lot of work to convince them that they really are going to enforce it."

In May, city council voted that enforcement was the city's responsibility. Now, the city has written the rule detailing how they'll do it, which you can view here.

The city says it is prepared for civil litigation and criminal prosecution, but hopes most businesses that employees file complaints about will simply comply with the ordinance once they're initially contacted.


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