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California task force focuses on safety at public works construction sites

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Sacramento, CA — A new initiative spearheaded by a California Department of Industrial Relations task force is aimed at ensuring employers on publicly funded construction sites are following labor laws and providing workers’ compensation insurance.

The Labor Enforcement Task Force will concentrate on enforcing workplace safety and health requirements, applicable prevailing wage laws, skilled and trained workforce requirements, and apprenticeship standards, according to DIR. Employers who fail to comply with public works requirements may face citations for recovered wages, civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution.

 

Complaints or leads on workplace violations at publicly funded construction sites can be reported online via a worker complaint or public complaint form.

LETF is a coalition of state government enforcement agencies, including the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), the Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the Contractors State License Board. The agencies work together and in partnership with local agencies to combat the underground economy, DIR says.

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