SWEEP IN CALIFORNIA FINDS VIOLATIONS NO HIGHER WITH NEW MINIMUM WAGE

LOS ANGELES — Despite the federal increase in the minimum wage, which went to $4.75 on Oct. 1, California state investigators did not find the expected corresponding increase in minimum wage violations during a four-day sweep of Los Angeles and Orange County shops last week.
“We didn’t see as significant a rate in minimum wage violations as we thought we would,” said a spokesman for the state’s Department of Industrial Relations. “That means that employers are aware of the increase and have adjusted.”
State officials also found 24 “clean” shops with no violations, a slight increase compared with previous sweeps, Rice said.
During the latest sweep, investigators inspected 37 shops in Los Angeles County. They issued seven cash pay citations totaling $65,000, 15 record-keeping citations for $15,600, 14 registration citations for $38,600, six worker’s compensation citations for $59,000, six minimum wage citations for $5,200 and one child-labor violation for $500.
Six contractors were not registered and had one or more additional violations, which allowed state investigators to make confiscations.
In Orange County, investigators did 41 inspections and issued seven cash pay citations for $132,250; 17 record-keeping citations for $151,000; 11 registration citations for $14,950; five worker’s compensation citations for $59,000 and two child labor violations for $1,000. Four confiscations were made.
Meanwhile, the rate of CAL/OSHA violations was still relatively high. In Los Angeles County, investigators inspected 40 shops and found 58 “serious” health and safety violations, issuing a total of $53,296 in citations. They also cited shops on 173 general violations for $30,395 and 25 regulatory violations for $7,475.
There were 22 Orange County inspections, in which investigators found 11 “serious” violations totaling $8,750 and 73 general violations for $9,870.

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