California Labor Code Section 96
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96. The Labor Commissioner and his or her deputies and
representatives authorized by him or her in writing shall, upon the
filing of a claim therefor by an employee, or an employee
representative authorized in writing by an employee, with the Labor
Commissioner, take assignments of:
(a) Wage claims and incidental expense accounts and advances.
(b) Mechanics' and other liens of employees.
(c) Claims based on "stop orders" for wages and on bonds for
(d) Claims for damages for misrepresentations of conditions of
(e) Claims for unreturned bond money of employees.
(f) Claims for penalties for nonpayment of wages.
(g) Claims for the return of workers' tools in the illegal
possession of another person.
(h) Claims for vacation pay, severance pay, or other compensation
supplemental to a wage agreement.
(i) Awards for workers' compensation benefits in which the Workers'
Compensation Appeals Board has found that the employer has failed to
secure payment of compensation and where the award remains unpaid
more than 10 days after having become final.
(j) Claims for loss of wages as the result of discharge from
employment for the garnishment of wages.
(k) Claims for loss of wages as the result of demotion,
suspension, or discharge from employment for lawful conduct occurring
during nonworking hours away from the employer's premises.
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Last modified: October 1, 2013