A new report released by the state Labor Commissioner reveals that labor law enforcement over the past two years has broken previous enforcement records. Enforcement efforts in 2011 and 2012 resulted in more minimum and overtime wages found owing to California workers and more monetary penalties for illegal business practices than in any previous years in the past decade.
State enforcement efforts ramped up against California businesses that deliberately operate in the “underground economy” by not complying with state contracting, insurance and payroll requirements.
Dave Jones, California’s Insurance Commissioner, said that “Operation Underground,” a series of sweeps at construction sites suspected of illegal operations, resulted in 104 enforcement actions.
Investigators issued enforcement actions for violations including: