California Construction Sweep Yields 33 Citations

June 21, 2007

Investigators with the California Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) recently targeted businesses in the construction industry who were operating illegally, to root out those companies that are avoiding labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.

After conducting 40 inspections, the EEEC issued 33 citations, totaling about $225,600 in fines. Citations were issued for no workers’ compensation, not taking required payroll deductions and being an unlicensed contractor, the group said.

“It is our job to protect California workers by ensuring that their employment rights are not violated,” said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. “Equally important, we are dedicated to ensuring that all employers have a level playing field. All employers must play by the rules and comply with California labor laws.”

Launched in July 2005, the EEEC was formed to enforce California labor laws and to educate business owners and workers on those laws and regulations. On the enforcement side, the EEEC aims to root out businesses participating in the underground economy. In addition, EEEC helps educate business owners on California’s employment laws and their responsibilities, and educates employees on their rights as workers.

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Source: EEEC

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