Given that the UFL wasn’t very good about paying its bill when it was playing, it’s understandable that the UFL isn’t paying its bills now that it’s not playing.
We’ve received a copy of an email that is being circulated among UFL players regarding ongoing delays in the payment of their wages, and regarding their options for getting their money.
For now, it seems that some players are inclined to be patient with founder Bill Hambrecht (who is affectionately — or otherwise — referred to as “Bill Hambone” in the message), but only until Friday, November 8.
The willingness to wait seems to be driven in large part by the delays that will arise if the players pursue their legal options. Many states, however, have specific laws regarding the failure to pay wages, entitling employees to receive extra payments for their trouble, along with attorneys’ fees and interest.
The goal of such provisions is to provide a strong incentive to employers to “settle up” with employees when the relationship ends. Otherwise, plenty of employers would be tempted to stiff a former employee.