On March 5, 2019, Substitute House Bill 1395 was added to the floor calendar and will likely be heard sometime very soon. SHB 1395 requires that a general contractor to be liable for the unpaid wages and benefits of all subcontractors and sub-subcontractors on a private construction project. AGC members should start receiving the Action Alert in a few minutes, but we need your help in getting our message to members.
Below is text with a link to the Action Alert that you can use email to other members in your district, asking them to contact their members of the House of Representatives.
If you have any questions, let us know, and thank you in advance for your help.
Message to AGC members:
Action needed now!
This bill could be voted on by the House of Representatives at any time.
Please share this with others in your firm — the more messages sent to legislators, the better!
Please contact your state representatives now and urge them to oppose Substitute House Bill 1395 — legislation that requires a general contractor to be liable for the unpaid wages and benefits of all subcontractors and sub-subcontractors on a private construction project.
AGC opposes wage theft, as the industry is in dire need of attracting new people to the industry. However, this bill is the wrong approach. It claims to encourage “self policing” in the industry, but it actually is the opposite – it requires one business to be responsible for the bad actions of another business, raising costs to home buyers and commercial-building tenants in the process.
Click this link for the easy-to-use system to send an email to your legislators today.
Contact AGC’s legislative office at 360.352.5000 if you have questions. Thank you!