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Bills expand responsibility for contractor pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A pair of bills moving through the Legislature would hold businesses responsible for making sure contract workers are paid properly, legislation that responds to the growing number of Californians being forced into temporary jobs.

The bills passed on party-line votes last week in a last minute rush to send legislation from one house to the next.

Unions and Democratic lawmakers say businesses are flouting labor obligations by relying on temporary workers and contractors.

AB2416 by Democratic Assemblyman Mark Stone of Scotts Valley allows workers to pursue unpaid wages by placing liens on property where they performed work.

AB1897 by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina makes employers and staffing agencies share liability for obtaining worker's compensation insurance and tracking hours.

Business groups say the bills unfairly punish innocent employers.

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