Saturday, 19 April 2008 09:49

San Diego Shops Cited for Labor Violations

The Economic Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) investigators issued 41 citations for labor violations – with fines totaling more than $226,000 – in a recent sweep of 28 San Diego auto body businesses, according to the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

    The enforcement actions, conducted in April in conjunction with Bureau of Automotive Repair authorities, uncovered serious violations that included:
    •Employment of a minor under the age of 18 without proper permits and certification at one shop;
    •Failure to pay overtime at four shops;
    •Failure to pay minimum wage at two shops;
    •Failure to keep records and post labor notices as mandated by law at 16 shops;
    •Failure to maintain workers’ compensation insurance at 18 shops.
    “These shops failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and that’s a violation we take very seriously,” said EEEC Director David Dorame. “In these cases, we issue work stop orders and send employees home until the business proves an active policy is in place to cover workers. By targeting enforcement against illegal operators, we help level the playing field for law abiding businesses.”
    Launched in July of 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to root out California’s underground economy by enforcing California labor laws, and educating business owners and workers about those laws and regulations in workshops held regularly statewide.
    Businesses engaged in the underground economy deprive the state and legitimate businesses of millions of dollars each year, and in many cases, pass the cost on to the consumer.
    During unannounced enforcement sweeps, the EEEC targets businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.
    For a list of the violations and businesses cited, email the DIR at Communications@dir.ca.gov. For more information on the EEEC, please visit www.dir.ca.gov.


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