FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-18
April 26, 2007

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EEEC announces results of carwash enforcement sweeps

Fresno - Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) targeted businesses in the carwash industry on April 20 and 21 who were operating illegally. The businesses visited were in Fresno, Tulare and Kern Counties.

EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to root out California's underground economy. In last week's enforcement sweep of restaurants, the EEEC targeted businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers' compensation insurance for their employees.

"Employees have workplace protections and it is our job to make sure labor laws are not violated," said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. "In California, carwash businesses must be registered to operate. This registration allows us to better monitor situations where we have traditionally seen labor violations."

The results of the sweep are as follows:

Number of inspections13
Number of citations issued9
Total citation amount$133,150
Citations issued for

no workers' compensation, not taking required payroll deductions and not having the necessary business registration

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 cost 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 workplace 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.

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