by Betsy Johnson, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, Los Angeles
California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has issued a report summarizing the enforcement activity of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) in 2011 and 2012. Its conclusion: The DLSE has significantly increased the number and scope of its enforcement actions during the first two years of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.
Our conclusion: Now more than ever, employers should ensure that their pay practices comply with California law.
The DLSE is the state agency that adjudicates wage claims, inspects workplaces for wage-and-hour violations and investigates retaliation complaints.
Su characterizes the DLSE’s activities as an effort to combat the abuses associated with California’s “underground economy” of undocumented employees and lax wage-and-hour practices. The statistics in the report, however, show that all business sectors have been affected by increas...(register to read more)