Quinn signs wages rights law for workers

July 30, 2010 1:49:06 PM PDT
A new law in Illinois will give workers more rights if their employers shortchange them.Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Friday at a YMCA on Chicago's Northwest Side.

Workers advocates charge wage theft has been an increasing problem in the downturned economy.

Starting January 1, a repeat offense will be considered a felony, not a misdemeanor. Also, employers who violate wage theft laws will have to pay workers back from the date of nonpayment with interest and pay a $250 fine.