FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2007-06
February 23, 2007

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Jana Leiran
(415) 703-5050



EEEC sweep results in a grassroots compliance effort by Korean garment manufacturers

Los Angeles - The Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) conducted a seminar designed to inform local garment manufacturer owners, managers and supervisors of the requirements of state and federal workplace laws and regulations. The seminar, hosted by the Korean American Garment Industry Association (KAGIA), was held Thursday in Los Angeles.

Following an enforcement sweep in the Los Angeles area on Feb. 7-8, which resulted in 24 of the 32 businesses visited receiving a notice to discontinue and $454,600 in citations and projected penalties, KAGIA President Steve Kim initiated an outreach seminar to answer labor compliance questions and to help local garment manufacturers into compliance.

"Outreach is an important component of our efforts and it is encouraging to see local employer groups taking action," said David Dorame, EEEC Executive Director. "The EEEC combines enforcement with education to help employers understand the importance of following state labor laws."

The EEEC presentation included expert speakers from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The Employment Development Department and US Department of Labor were also on hand to answer questions and provide information on workplace safety, wage and hour, payroll taxes, registration and a variety of other labor-related issues.

The EEEC is a partnership of state and federal agencies that collaborate to maximize resources in fighting the underground economy through vigorous and targeted enforcement against labor law violators and to provide employer and employee outreach and education.
For more information on the EEEC, please visit www.dir.ca.gov/EEEC/EEEC.html or call the Department of Industrial Relation's Communications Office at 415 703-5050.

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