FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-16
March 24, 2008

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Dean Fryer
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Labor Commissioner Nails Bay Area Salons for Illegally Classifying Employees

San FranciscoMarch 21, 2008— Officials with the State Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office) issued 33 citations totaling more than $180,000 in fines to Bay Area spas and beauty salons in a recent two-day enforcement sweep.

Six investigators conducted the sweeps of 61 businesses that included nail salons, day spas and beauty salons in 12 cities located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco counties. The enforcement action uncovered serious violations including failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance, provide itemized deductions, or pay minimum wage. A summary, by county, of the businesses cited is as follows:

County

Citations Issued

Citations Assessed

Alameda

6

$20,000

Contra Costa

4

3,700

Napa

9

70,250

San Francisco

9

79,250

Sonoma

2

6,250

“Many of the salons and spas cited, illegally classified their employees as independent contractors,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “Simply calling someone an independent contractor, or even having them sign an agreement to that effect, does not make them independent. We need to look at many factors, including the actual work they are doing.”

The DLSE adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. To learn more about 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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