HB 48

86(R) - 2019
House International Relations & Economic Development
House International Relations & Economic Development
Criminal Procedure
Texas Workforce Commission

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Mary Gonzalez

Bill Caption

Relating to a database of employers penalized for failure to pay wages or convicted of certain offenses involving wage theft.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB48 would amend Subchapter D, Chapter 301 of the Labor Code by adding subsection 301.075 regarding wage theft. This section would order The Texas Workforce Commission to make available on it's website a publicly accessible list of all employers in this state that have been: (1) assessed an administrative penalty under Sect. 61.053; (2) ordered to pay wages by a final order of the commission and have failed to comply by paying the wages. The Commission would provide notice to the employers when the are placed on the list and establish a process by which employers may dispute their inclusion on the list. The employers would be listed for 3 years from the date on which the dispute is filed. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action opposes HB 48 because it violates the principles of the free market and limited government. We believe that this bill would increase the size and scope of government by creating a database of employers who have had judgments against them. The government should not create a database for the purpose of publicly shaming these employers. The free market adequately addresses this issue in a variety of ways including through crowd-sourced review websites such as Yelp.