FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2009-02
January 28, 2009

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Erika Monterroza
415-703-5050

Internet: www.dir.ca.gov


CA Labor Commissioner Issues Over $800,000 in Fines
Following Statewide Restaurant Enforcement

San Francisco—Jan. 28—Investigators from the California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued over $800,000 in fines to businesses in the restaurant industry for numerous labor law violations during a statewide enforcement effort.

A total of 29 investigators conducted 245 inspections in 26 counties across the state on Jan. 21 and 22.  The inspections revealed that 129 of the 143 employers cited failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance.  Last year’s number of employers cited for not having workers’ compensation insurance was 2,570. The Labor Commissioner works to identify and target employers that do not carry the insurance.

 “We issued penalties of $676,000 to employers who failed to carry workers’ compensation during this enforcement action,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet.  “All businesses must provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.  If they continue to operate without the proper coverage, we will refer the case to the local district attorney’s office for possible criminal prosecution.”

Other violations encountered included failure to:  pay minimum wage or overtime, provide itemized deductions to employees, and abide by child labor laws for minors under the age of 18.

To request a report of the businesses cited and labor violations encountered in this enforcement activity, email the Department of Industrial Relations at: Communications@dir.ca.gov.

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s office) adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders.

For more information on the functions of the California Labor Commissioner, visit our web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse.

Employees that have work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.

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