FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-41
June 20, 2008

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050
Internet: www.dir.ca.gov


Labor Commissioner and El Dorado District Attorney Collaborate in Motel Sweep

Sacramento, June 20, 2008 — Officials with the State Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office) issued 23 citations totaling $52,250 in fines to motels in 10 California counties as part of an ongoing effort to address noncompliance with workers’ compensation laws. As part of the recent two-day enforcement sweep, state investigators collaborated with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office to review workers’ compensation insurance status of area motels to deepen the state’s attempts to reduce fraud.

“Our teamwork and partnership with District Attorney’s offices sends a strong message to area businesses that we are serious about reducing workers’ compensation fraud,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “We are all committed to ensuring that these employers comply with the law and maintain workers’ compensation insurance.”

Five investigators conducted the sweeps of 60 motels and inns located in Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Yolo and Sacramento counties. Overall, 20 businesses were cited for failure to have workers’ compensation insurance, and three businesses received citations for failing to provide itemized deductions to their employees.

To request a complete list of the violations and businesses cited email the Department of Industrial Relations at: Communications@dir.ca.gov.
“We will continue to partner with District Attorney’s offices throughout the state to strengthen our efforts in addressing these types of violations that are typically associated with the underground economy,” added Bradstreet.

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement 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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