FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2002-10
Wednesday, July 17, 2002

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Susan Gard
(415) 703-5050


Labor Commissioner helps growers comply with new state law

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) new license verification unit helps agricultural growers comply with regulations that became effective July 1. Growers must now provide evidence that they have verified the licensure of farm labor contractors prior to entering into a contractual agreement.

DIR's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has set up an e-mail address at FLCLicensingVerification@hq.dir.ca.gov for use by anyone needing to verify the license of a farm labor contractor. After sending an e-mail with all the requested information, a response is provided within 24 hours. This response contains a unique verification number and information on the farm labor contractor's license including license number, address and date of expiration. If no license exists, the requester will receive notification to that effect. This e-mail response can be kept as evidence of verification.

"We have put great effort into making this verification requirement quick and easy for everyone to use," said Labor Commissioner Art Lujan. "There is no longer any reason for unlicensed farm labor contractors to be hired and for agriculture workers to run the risk of not being paid."

Any grower or farm labor contractor who has not verified a license and received a verification number prior to entering into a contract could be held civilly liable for violations committed by an unlicensed farm labor contractor, including wages due, attorney fees and costs.

Farm labor contractor licenses can also be verified by fax at (415) 703-4808 or (559) 248-1893, or by mail at DLSE licensing and registration unit, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142-0603.

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