Monday, December 22, 2014

Labor Enforcement Task Force Follow Up

Last week Lori Kammerer and I met with Christine Baker head of the Department of Industrial Relations and 4 of her staff members. The topic was the underground economy. Many of you are impacted by the underground economy where employees are paid on a cash basis thereby eliminated the cost of taxes and workers compensation. This clearly puts you at a competitive disadvantage.

The industries targeted by the Labor Enforcement Task Force are
Agriculture where 72% of the businesses looked at were out of compliance
Automotive where 94% were out of compliance
Beauty Salons where 72% were out of compliance
Construction  where 81% were out of compliance
Garment where 87% were   found out of compliance
Manufacturing  where 71% were found out of compliance
Restaurant where 75% were found out of compliance.
Other where 74% were found out of compliance.

Clearly there is a serious problem for compliant businesses in these industries.

I have attached the report for Labor Enforcement Task Force for 2013-2014 and below you will see contact information to report businesses you know are not compliant. Many of you have told me there  is no follow up when you report these businesses and Christine assures me they take these complaints seriously.
Please let me know what has been your experience in this area.

Good afternoon Scott, Lori

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us today.
I wanted to send you some follow up information on the Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF)
We welcome referrals and leads on underground economy activity from both employers and employees. The public can contact LETF by any of the following methods:

Here is a link to the LETF webpage:
I have also attached a copy of the LETF Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Report (Scott, this is the same report that I gave you today)

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dominic Forrest
Acting Chief, Labor Enforcement Task Force
Department of Industrial Relations
1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-3969

Click here for the copy of LETF Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Report

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116

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