California Labor Commissioner Cites Over $269,000 For Violations To Agriculture
San Francisco, CA (CompNewsNetwork) -
Officials with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor
Commissioner's Office) issued citations totaling over $269,000 in fines to agriculture
businesses in a statewide two-day enforcement sweep as part of an ongoing effort to address
illegal operations in the underground economy.
“Our efforts are directed at illegally operating businesses as part of the underground
economy,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “These illegal operations
have a negative impact on our state's economy, do not provide the protection workers are
legally afforded, and have an unfair advantage over competitors who do follow the law.”
Twenty-four teams of investigators conducted the two-day sweeps on Sept. 24-25. Out of
194 inspections, 35 agriculture businesses were cited.
Twenty-five agriculture businesses received stop work notices until they can provide
workers' compensation insurance for their employees. The violations included failure to:
Provide work permits for minors; Failure to pay the minimum wage; Provide
employees with an itemized wage deduction statement; Pay overtime wages; Pay the
annual registration with the Commissioner's Office and Provide workers' compensation.
To request a complete list of the violations and businesses cited, email the Department
of Industrial Relations at: Communications@dir.ca.gov. “We will
continue to strengthen our efforts in addressing these types of violations that are
typically associated with the underground economy,” added Bradstreet.
The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement adjudicates wage claims, investigates
discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial
Welfare Commission wage orders. To learn more about the functions of the California Labor
Commissioner, visit our web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse.
Employees that have work-related questions or complaints can call the California
Workers' Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.
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