FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-34
July 20, 2007

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Kate McGuire
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Multi-Agency State & Local Task Force Cites Local Bar Owners

Hayward - July 20, 2007-A multi-agency task force of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and the Employment Development Department (EDD), as well as the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and local law enforcement cited a restaurant and three bar owners during a sweep that uncovered numerous violations of state labor and other laws at four Hayward locations.

The violations included failure to purchase workers' compensation insurance, as well as failure to provide itemized wage deduction statements to employees, underage drinking and serving alcohol to minors.

Accompanied by members of the Hayward Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney's office, representatives of DLSE, EDD, and ABC, swept through the businesses beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday and by the end of the evening had tallied hundreds of violations that totaled more than $102,000 in penalties among the four establishments.

"Businesses must protect their workers by complying with the law requiring workers' compensation insurance," said California Labor Commissioner, Angela Bradstreet. "Failure to carry workers' comp insurance and to pay appropriate payroll taxes gives these businesses an unfair advantage over competitors who comply with California employment laws."

The bars cited include Uncle Roy's, La Imperial Restaurant, Paulo's Lounge and Smilin Jacks.

"We will not allow flagrant violations of our labor laws," Bradstreet added. "These workers are entitled to be protected, and all California business owners deserve a level playing field so they can remain competitive, thriving enterprises."

To learn more about the functions of the California Labor Commissioner and the Employment Development Department (EDD), please visit our web sites at www.dir.ca.gov and www.edd.ca.gov.

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