By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– California Labor Commissioner Julie Su is returning focus on the dept.’s most fundamental purpose: creating an overall culture of compliance in labor laws.
In 2012, the Labor Commissioner’s office had the highest rate of civil penalty citations (80%) in the past decade (compared to an average citation rate of only 48% from 2002 to 2010). Enforcement agencies in California have stepped up efforts to target employers who perpetrate “wage theft.” “Wage theft” is a phrase used to refer to infractions of the California Labor Code involving the payment of wages to workers. Wage theft might refer to employers who fail to pay for all hours worked, fail to pay nonexempt employees overtime, fail to pay minimum wage or fail to properly classify workers as employees and report them to the various state and federal agencies.
In April the DLSE will be launching an education outreach campaign using local media and employee stories to spread the word about wage theft in the San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento markets.
The program, once it is launched can be viewed at www.wagetheftisacrime.com