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Day Labor Legislative Victories

By Rebecca Smith

Day laborers are protected by the law much less than other workers and often are subjected to severe exploitation. Some states recently passed legislation to address some of the worst abuses against these workers. In New Mexico and Illinois coalitions of advocates undertook broad-based campaigns to convince their state legislatures to strengthen civil and criminal penalties for underpayment of wages to day laborers and improper charges for services such as check cashing and transportation.

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