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December 2012

  • December 20, 2012 IR#2012-49
    California Labor Commissioner donates clothes at Los Angeles nonprofit organization
  • December 17, 2012 IR#2012-48
    California Labor Commissioner fines public works construction contractors more than $1 million for labor law violations
  • December 3, 2012 IR#2012-47
    California Labor Commissioner Reaches $339,716 Settlement for Unpaid Wages at San Francisco Restaurants, Includes Penalty if Retaliation Occurs

November 2012

  • November 14, 2012 IR#2012-46
    DIR Launches New Landscape Apprenticeship Program with Alameda Point Collaborative, San Leandro Adult School
  • November 6, 2012 IR#2012-45
    California Labor Commissioner assesses contractor over $1 million in penalties for public works violations

October 2012

  • October 16, 2012 IR#2012-44
    California Labor Commissioner files $1.6 million suit seeking unpaid wages for ag workers
  • October 1, 2012 IR#2012-43
    Labor Commissioner recovers $4.8 million in unpaid wages in settlement with ZipRealty

September 2012

  • September 27, 2012 IR#2012-42
    Labor Commissioner Announces Changes to Enhance Labor Law Enforcement on Public Works Projects
  • September 24, 2012 IR#2012-41
    Cal/OSHA Chief outlines Chevron Richmond fire investigation and plans to further enhance interagency collaboration in compliance and enforcement

August 2012

  • August 27, 2012 IR#2012-40
    A statement from Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
  • August 16, 2012 IR#2012-39
    Underground economy focus of DIR’s Labor Enforcement Task Force Advisory Committee
  • August 16, 2012 IR#2012-38
    Department of Industrial Relations Backs Workers’ Compensation Reform Plan
  • August 15, 2012 IR#2012-37
    Cal/OSHA reminds employers to stay on the alert during high heat
  • August 10, 2012 IR#2012-36
    Cal/OSHA stresses importance of taking precautions, recognizing symptoms of heat illness
  • August 8, 2012 IR#2012-35
    Cal/OSHA urges employers to prepare for sizzling temperatures
  • August 8, 2012 IR#2012-34
    California Labor Commissioner Partners with U.S. Department of Labor Joint Inspections Conducted in the Heart of L.A. Garment District
  • August 7, 2012 IR#2012-33
    California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su files lawsuit against farm labor contractor for unpaid wages

July 2012

  • July 30, 2012 IR#2012-32
    Cal/OSHA takes a proactive, comprehensive approach to protecting workers from heat illness
  • July 25, 2012 IR#2012-31
    California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su honored as top labor and employment lawyer
  • July 2, 2012 IR#2012-30
    Cal/OSHA fines EDCO Waste and Recycling for multiple safety violations following worker injury
  • July 2, 2012 IR#2012-29
    California’s Alternative Security Program puts $6.17 Billion in Capital Back into Businesses

June 2012

  • June 12, 2012 IR#2012-28
    Cal/OSHA Cites Employer Responsible for Worker Killed in Milpitas Excavation Collapse
  • June 11, 2012 IR#2012-27
    Department of Industrial Relations partners with Watsonville Law Center to provide medical services to low-wage workers with job injuries
  • June 11, 2012 IR#2012-26
    California Labor Commissioner Reaches Settlement of Over $875,000 for Unpaid Wages
  • June 5, 2012 IR#2012-25
    Cal/OSHA investigating two suspected heat illness fatalities

May 2012

  • May 24, 2012 IR#2012-24
    City Attorney’s Office and CA Labor Commissioner issue warning about scams offering employment to minors
  • May 23, 2012 IR#2012-23
    Man to be arraigned for embezzling over $350,000 in employee wages from public works contracts and filing false tax returns to hide theft
  • May 23, 2012 IR#2012-22
    Labor Enforcement Task Force Announces Public Hotline for Complaints and Tips
  • May 23, 2012 IR#2012-21
    Cal/OSHA cites Southern California Recycling Company for multiple safety violations
  • May 2, 2012 IR#2012-20
    Confirmation of DIR Director & DWC Administrative Director approved by Senate Rules Committee

April 2012

  • April 30, 2012 IR#2012-19
    DIR Launches Small Business Portal to Help California Businesses
  • April 27, 2012 IR#2012-18
    DIR’s tribute to fallen workers and commitment to workplace safety. Commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day
  • April 23, 2012 IR#2012-17
    California Labor Commissioner announces online system for minors’ entertainment work permit
  • April 12, 2012 IR#2012-16
    Cal/OSHA launches 2012 heat illness prevention campaign at new Bakersfield office
  • April 4, 2012 IR#2012-15
    Cal/OSHA joins agricultural groups to launch training on Heat Illness Prevention

March 2012

  • March 28, 2012 IR#2012-14
    Los Angeles Fire Department joins Cal/OSHA’s confined space awareness campaign
  • March 28, 2012 IR#2012-13
    Office of Self Insurance Plans (OSIP) launches audit web tools
  • March 21, 2012 IR#2012-12
    Cal/OSHA Issues Citations to Community Recycling & Resource Recovery Totaling $166,890 Following Two Worker Deaths
  • March 08, 2012 IR#2012-11
    California Labor Commissioner Reaches $235,835 Settlement for Unpaid Wages
  • March 06, 2012 IR#2012-10
    CA Labor Commissioner sues L.A. carwash businesses for more than $2 million

February 2012

  • February 27, 2012 IR#2012-09
    California Labor Commissioner Launches Criminal Investigation Unit
  • February 15, 2012 IR#2012-08
    CA Labor Commissioner Reaches $316,000 Settlement for Unpaid Wages
  • February 14, 2012 IR#2012-07
    Oakland Fire Department joins DIR, Cal/OSHA to launch initiative aimed at reducing confined space fatalities in California
  • February 13, 2012 IR#2012-06
    Cal/OSHA issues $540,890 to three companies for violations in Sylmar explosion
  • February 8, 2012 IR#2012-05
    Cal/OSHA Issues Hazard Alert and Launches Confined Spaces Emphasis Program
  • February 1, 2012 IR#2012-04
    California employers reminded to post work-related injury and illness summary

January 2012

  • January 18, 2012 IR#2012-03
    Cal/OSHA Issues $256,445 in Citations to Warehouse Operators
  • January 11, 2012 IR#2012-02
    Cal/OSHA issues citations in first confirmed heat related fatality for 2011
    Farm labor contractors cited for violations of heat illness prevention regulations
  • January 11, 2012 IR#2012-01
    CA Labor Commissioner introduces on-line system to obtain minors’ temporary entertainment work permits