FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2005-43
Wednesday, December 9, 2005
Internet: http://www.dir.ca.gov

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Renee Bacchini
(415) 703-5050


California Labor Commissioner offers education to employers in Bakersfield area

Bakersfield - The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), in conjunction with the Employment Development Department (EDD) will present a Wage and Hour Seminar in Bakersfield, addressing the basics of California's wage and hour laws. This class is open to the public free of charge; however the focus is on employer's responsibilities.

"While reviewing our enforcement efforts, I came to recognize that many employers are in violation because they are unaware of what their responsibilities are," said Donna M. Dell, California state labor commissioner. "Lack of knowledge about the law does not excuse the violation. While there are resources in place for employers to learn about their responsibilities, we still find many employers in non-compliance. This seminar was developed to reach-out to the employers to educate them with the knowledge they need to comply with the law."

The classes that began in July are scheduled through the end of the year. Next year's schedule is now being developed and will be available soon. The seminar covers topics such as overtime, recordkeeping requirements, workplace postings, payment upon termination and alternative work weeks. The classes are held throughout the state and are offered as the afternoon course to EDD's employment tax seminar. A schedule of this years seminars can be found on the DLSE Web site at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/EDDTrainingFlyer.pdf.

"Since the classes began, the first being held in Santa Rosa, the number of attendees has tripled" added Dell. "The response has been tremendous which shows a great need for this training. We have plans to expand the number of classes held as well as topics offered."

"My goal as labor commissioner is for all California's employers to be in compliance with the state's labor code," added Dell. "Enforcement through education is an effective way to reach that goal."

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement is a division of the California Department of Industrial Relations. For more information on California Labor Law visit the DIR Web site at www.dir.ca.gov.

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