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Chapter 6. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Subchapter 6.5. Hearings on Actions to Recover Wages, Penalties, and Other Demands for Compensation and on Claims from Holders of Dishonored Payroll Checks or Drafts

Article 1. Rules of Practice and Procedure

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§13520. Definition of "Willful."

A willful failure to pay wages within the meaning of Labor Code Section 203 occurs when an employer intentionally fails to pay wages to an employee when those wages are due. However, a good faith dispute that any wages are due will preclude imposition of waiting time penalties under Section 203.

(a) Good Faith Dispute. A "good faith dispute" that any wages are due occurs when an employer presents a defense, based in law or fact which, if successful, would preclude any recover on the part of the employee. The fact that a defense is ultimately unsuccessful will not preclude a finding that a good faith dispute did exist. Defenses presented which, under all the circumstances, are unsupported by any evidence, are unreasonable, or are presented in bad faith, will preclude a finding of a "good faith dispute."

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 55 and 98.8, Labor Code. Reference: Section 203, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 7-8-88; operative 8-7-88 (Register 88, No. 29).

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