IR #2006-10
March 17, 2006

Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini
(415) 703-5050

DIR verifies Michael Jackson's payment to employees for back-wages

San Francisco – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today confirmed directly with employees of Neverland Valley Ranch that they were paid wages owed them by Michael Jackson. DIR will now begin the process of auditing payroll records to verify that proper wage payments were made. Verification will not be completed until sometime next week. 

"We will now audit the payroll records to ensure that all employees were paid the proper amount owed them and that proper payroll withholdings were deducted," said Robert Jones, acting California labor commissioner. "The audit will also include the calculation of penalties due for violation of state law requiring prompt payment of wages." 

The representatives of Mr. Jackson also indicated they were in the process of obtaining workers' compensation insurance. DIR investigators visited Neverland Valley Ranch and verified that no one working at the ranch was an employee of Michael Jackson. The security is being handled by members of the Jackson family and a local veterinarian has put the animal caregivers on his payroll.

For more information on workers' compensation, wage claims or any other California Labor Law, please visit the DIR Web site at .

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