Julie Su, the Deputy Secretary of Labor and the #2 bureaucrat in the United States Department of Labor (DOL), lent the prestige of her office to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 recently when the groups released a report on wage theft in the California restaurant industry. To no-one’s surprise, Skimmed & Scammed: Wage Theft from California Fast Food Workers, the union-produced report claims that 85% of restaurant workers in the Golden State have experienced some form of wage theft, including not being paid overtime, working before clocking in or after clocking out, and being denied meal-and-rest breaks. Ostensibly, the study and its release were planned to give a boost to California’s FAST Recovery Act, of which we advised you in the past. In comments at the video press conference, Deputy Secretary Su, who previously served as the Commissioner of Labor in California from 2011 through 2018, promised to crack down on wage theft in the restaurant industry and also threw the weight of her office behind the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022, still pending in the US House of Representatives. Filed by Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, H.R.7701 would require pay stubs for all employees, establish new penalties for employers and encourage and fund more enforcement of wage and hour laws, among other provisions. After declaring that “[T]he Department of Labor stands with you. The Biden/Harris administration stands with you,” the Deputy Secretary confessed it’s unlikely the bill will pass Congress.