A couple of our bills are in hearings this morning, Wednesday, April 3! SB 676, by Senator Carona, strengthens penalties against payroll fraud. After months of meeting, we have reached consensus with the construction industry associations, business groups, and unions on a bill to create penalties for misclassification! The bill is heard by the Senate Economic Development Committee at 8am. HB 1131, by Representative Mary Gonzalez, creates a registry of employers who have criminal wage theft convictions. The bill is heard by the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee at 8am. We are anticipating a committee substitute that will include outstanding wage orders from the Texas Workforce Commission and court decisions in the registry.