FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco - Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) on March 8 and 9 targeted businesses in the garment industryoperating illegally. EEEC investigators visited a total of 24 garment shops in San Francisco and Alameda Counties.
EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to root out California's underground economy. In last week's enforcement sweep of garment shops, the EEEC targeted businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers' compensation insurance for their employees in order to gain a competitive economic advantage over legitimate businesses that follow the law.
"Laws relating to enforcement in the garment industry are somewhat different than other industries. Our enforcement efforts can result in the confiscation of garments that are produced illegally, preventing them from entering into the state's economy," said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. "Our efforts are designed to not only protect employees but to also protect employers who follow state laws."
The results of the sweep are as follows:
|Number of inspections||24|
|Number of citations issued||15|
|Total citation amount||$42,400|
|Citations issued for|| |
no workers' compensation, not taking required payroll deductions, not requiring proper work permits for minors and not paying proper minimum wage.
Launched in July'05 with the full support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EEEC was formed with a dual mission: To enforce California labor laws, and to educate business owners and workers on those laws and regulations. On the enforcement side, the EEEC aims to root out businesses participating in the underground economy, which cost the state and legitimate businesses millions each year, in many cases passing the costs on to the consumer. In addition, EEEC helps educate business owners on California's employment laws and their responsibilities, and educates employees on their rights as workers.
EEEC is a collaboration of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency's Department of Industrial Relations (Division of Occupational Safety and Health; Division of Labor Standards Enforcement) and the Employment Development Department. The U.S. Department of Labor participates in the EEEC, as well as the Contractors State License Board when targeting the construction industry.
The EEEC conducts enforcement sweeps in various industries, including garment, agriculture, construction, horse race track, car wash, janitorial and restaurant, which have been identified as having a high degree of w orkplace violations and lack of regulatory compliance. EEEC also holds workshops throughout the state to educate employers and workers on labor and wage issues. For more information on the EEEC, please visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov.