FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2003-11
Monday, November 24, 2003

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
415-703-5050


Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Spotlights Opinions and
Enforcement Guidelines for Regulatory Review

San Francisco - The state's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is aggressively implementing the Governor's Executive Order requiring agencies to assess enforcement bulletins, manuals or guidelines that have not been adopted as regulations by reconfiguring its Web site to solicit user comment on some of its documents.

As part of the reconfiguration, DLSE will provide users an opportunity to comment on-line about the usefulness and clarity of its enforcement policies and interpretations manual, along with opinion letters issued by the state labor commissioner. This can be accomplished simultaneously while the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) reviews the documents for compliance with the California Administrative Procedure Act and Executive Order terms.

"We want to create easy access to our documents and need to know which information users find helpful," said State Labor Commissioner Arthur Lujan. "We also need to know if people find portions of them unclear so we can eliminate confusion that impedes commerce."

Public comment on opinion letters and the enforcement policies and interpretations manual will be solicited when users access those features via the DLSE Web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse. Users will also be advised that the opinion letters and enforcement manual are being reviewed to determine their legal efficacy.

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