IR #98-41
Thursday, December 10, 1998

Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835

Labor Commissioner Conducts Inspections of Janitorial Industry

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement today announced that 25 preliminary inspections were conducted in Southern California to measure the level of compliance with labor laws in the janitorial industry. The inspections, conducted by the Division's Underground Economy Task Force, found violations that included minimum wage, overtime, record keeping, cash pay and improper listing as independent contractors.

"Uncovering these types of violations indicates that there are inherent problems with contractors working in the janitorial industry that need to be addressed," said Labor Commissioner Jose Millan.

The 25 preliminary inspections involved independent janitorial contractors who were working at major grocery and retail outlets in Southern California. The investigations were performed to gather data on they types of labor law violations that are common in the janitorial industry. The contractors have been informed of state laws and how to come into compliance. Follow-up investigations will be conducted in the near future with citations being issued where violations are found.

"The Underground Economy Task Force is designed to target unlawful employers who unfairly put the vast majority of law-abiding employers at a significant competitive disadvantage," said Millan. "This Task Force will aid in leveling the playing field for employers who comply with state laws and reduce the taxpayer burden caused by those who do not."

The Underground Economy Task Force is a partnership between the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Employment Development Department, Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, and the Department of Justice

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