California EEEC Issues Citations To Agricultural Companies In Imperial
and Riverside Counties
Riverside, CA (CompNewsNetwork) -
California Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC)
recently issued citations to agricultural businesses located in Imperial & Riverside
counties for safety and labor violations.
"California law provides protections for workers and it is our responsibility to ensure
that the laws are being followed," said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. "We also
owe responsible employers vigorous enforcement against those who don't comply with
California labor laws, thereby, gaining an unfair economic advantage by not following the
Investigators conducted 28 inspections on January 23 and 24 and issued 26 violations
totaling $12,750 in penalties. Employers were cited for not paying minimum wage, failing to
provide sufficient meal and rest periods, inappropriate operation of driverless tractors
and operating tractors with defective seat belts. Citations were also issued for failure to
provide adequate tools for hand weeding, not providing adequate toilets on site and having
drinking water too far away from work areas.
To request a complete list of the violations and businesses cited email the Department
of Industrial Relations at: Communications@dir.ca.gov .
Launched in July of 2005 with the full support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the
EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to root out California’s underground economy by
enforcing California labor laws, and educating business owners and workers about those laws
and regulations in workshops held regularly statewide.
Businesses engaged in the underground economy deprive the state and legitimate
businesses of millions of dollars each year, and in many cases, pass the cost on to the
During unannounced enforcement sweeps, the EEEC targets businesses that avoid labor, tax
and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation
insurance for their employees.
EEEC is currently targeting garment, agriculture, construction, pallet, auto body, car
wash and restaurant businesses. These industries have been identified as having a high
incidence of workplace violations and a lack of regulatory compliance.
In collaboration with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Department of
Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Employment Development Department, EEEC works directly
with DIR’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Division of Labor Standards
Enforcement to carry out its mission. The U.S. Department of Labor also participates in the
EEEC as does the Contractors State License Board when the construction industry is being
For more information on the EEEC, please visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov.
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