Labor Commissioner's Office

The mission of the California Labor Commissioner's Office is to ensure a just day's pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. By combating wage theft, protecting workers from retaliation, and educating the public, we put earned wages into workers' pockets and help level the playing field for law-abiding employers. This office is also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

California Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2019

  • $12.00 per hour for workers at businesses with 26 or more employees.
  • $11.00 per hour for workers at small businesses (25 or fewer employees).

              For more information on California minimum wage, click here.

Overtime Law for Agricultural Workers

Effective January 1, 2019, agricultural workers employed by employers with 26 or more employees must receive overtime (1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay) for all hours worked over 9.5 hours in any workday or over 55 hours in any workweek.  AB 1066

Entertainment Industry Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2019, all talent agencies operating in California must provide their artists with training and education on sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, reporting resources, nutrition and eating disorders.

Applicants for entertainment work permits for minors between the ages of 14 and 17 must also complete sexual harassment prevention training before obtaining a minor’s entertainment work permit.

The Labor Commissioner is Hiring!   DIR Jobs



Piece Rate Workers

If you are an employee who was paid on a piece rate basis during the period of July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015, the Labor Commissioner’s office may have collected wages for you from your employer for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time. If you believe your employer has paid those wages to the Labor Commissioner on your behalf, please complete this form and mail to the address below or take it to any local office of the Labor Commissioner. Please complete and submit a separate form for every employer who you think may have paid your wages to the Labor Commissioner.

Department of Industrial Relations
AB 1513 Application
1515 Clay St., 17th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Cómo Hacer un Reclamo al Fondo de Salario Impago

Si usted es un trabajador cuya paga entre el 1 de julio de 2012 y el 31 de diciembre de 2015 fue sobre la base de pago por pieza, el Comisionado Laboral puede haber recaudado sueldos de su empleador en concepto de períodos de descanso y otro tiempo improductivo. Si usted piensa que su paga ha sido enviada al Fondo de Sueldo Impago, por favor complete este formulario y envíelo a la dirección que figura a continuación o entréguelo personalmente en cualquier oficina del Comisionado Laboral. Por favor complete y envíe un formulario por cada empleador que, a su juicio, pueda haber enviado su paga al Comisionado Laboral.

Department of Industrial Relations
AB 1513 Application
1515 Clay St., 17th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Other Resources

February 2019

February 13, 2019 California Labor Commissioner’s Office Reminds Employers that Valid Workers’ Compensation Insurance is Required
February 11, 2019 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites RDV Construction $12 Million for Wage Theft Affecting More Than 1,000 Workers

January 2019

January 24, 2019 California Labor Commissioner’s Office Posts Guidance on Agricultural Overtime Pay Schedule in Effect This Year
January 22, 2019 Labor Commissioner’s Office Reaches $4 Million Settlement for 380 Bay Area Restaurant Workers
January 9, 2019 Labor Commissioner’s Office Secures $1.7 Million in Unpaid Wages for 56 Bay Area Restaurant Workers
January 2, 2019 Labor Commissioner Posts List of Port Trucking Companies with Unsatisfied Judgments for Labor Violations
Businesses that Hire Companies on the List to Share Liability for Subsequent Violations

December 2018

December 10, 2018 California’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $12 per Hour for Large Employers, $11 per Hour for Small Employers

October 2018

October 3, 2018 22 Southern California Restaurant Workers Owed $1 Million for Wage Theft

September 2018

September 17, 2018 Labor Commissioner Secures Unpaid Wages for 15 Workers After $450,000 Settlement with Residential Care Business
September 5, 2018 Labor Commissioner Cites Six Los Angeles Garment Contractors Over $570,000 for Registration and Labor Law Violations

July 2018

July 30, 2018 Labor Commissioner Cites Nail Salon $1.2 Million for Misclassification and Wage Theft of 36 Workers
July 24, 2018 Contra Costa County Restaurants Cited for Failing to Provide Workers’ Compensation Insurance
July 24, 2018 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Southern California Drywall Contractor Nearly $2 Million for Overtime and Rest Period Wage Theft
July 9, 2018 Labor Commissioner Secures Over $1.1 Million Settlement for Prevailing Wage Violations Affecting 103 Workers
July 2, 2018 Labor Commissioner Cites Farm Labor Contractor, Holds Growers Liable for Wage Theft Violations Affecting 1,374 Seasonal Workers

June 2018

June 27, 2018 Labor Commissioner Launches Online Registration for Janitorial Service Providers
June 13, 2018 Public Works Contractors Reminded to Renew Registration by June 30 to Avoid Penalties
June 11, 2018 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Cheesecake Factory, Janitorial Contractors More Than $4.5 Million for Wage Theft Violations
June 7, 2018 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Seven Bay Area Restaurants $10 Million for Wage Theft

March 2018

March 8, 2018 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Weight Loss Chain Over $8.3 Million for Wage Theft Violations

February 2018

February 26, 2018 Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Los Angeles Restaurant Over $500,000 for Wage Theft
February 6, 2018 Employer Requirement to Notify Employees of Inspection by Immigration Agencies

January 2018

January 9, 2018 California Labor Commissioner Cites Owner of Six Residential Care Facilities in Los Angeles Over $7 Million for Wage Theft

January 2019