SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Supervisors have voted to strengthen the city’s minimum wage law. The board approved the wage theft legislation to stop employers from forcing workers, in particular home health care workers, from toiling for long hours for less than the city’s minimum wage of $9.92 an hour.

That vote followed the defeat of a measure by Supervisor David Campos, who aimed to help workers reap the benefits of their health reimbursement accounts.

”We have here a small majority of businesses that are taking advantage of a loophole and in the process circumventing the original intent of the health care security ordinance,” said Campos.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

He said they are doing this by not telling their workers about their accounts, and then taking the money back at the end of the year when it isn’t spent. However, Supervisor Scott Weiner said that solution was flawed.

”We need to address this problem with a scalpel, not a sledge hammer,” said Weiner.

The measure was tabled and the city attorney was asked to re-draft it.

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