California’s Governor has just signed the wage theft act, which models itself on New York’s Wage theft Act very closely, to ensure that non-exempt employees are furnished with specific written information concerning the terms of their employment, immediately upon hire. This is in line with the results of study by the University of California, which has revealed the ill-treatment being meted out to the larger population of front-line workers (which excludes managers and professional and technical workers) in low-wage industries numbered about 744,220 workers, or 17.0 percent of all workers in L.A. County.
Many such studies have highlighted the so-called workplace enforcement crisis with many low wage workers, characterized by the violation of many long-established legal standards, which require employers to follow the following tenets:
This is on the lines of what is proposed by the State of Massachusetts. The ultimate loss in all this accrues to all the staffing companies which may or may not have violated any law ever but would still have to toe the line on these requirements, thanks to the rampant workforce enforcement crisis. From 2012, employers in California need to provide non-exempt, nonunionized employees the following information in writing:
Let us hope that the State of Massachusetts which has set a course for itself to control some of the ills faced by temporary workers, will see the merit and sense of going with a similar bill instead of the draconian law proposed to put massive curbs and high administrative pressure and costs on staffing companies, while extending it even lawyers and managers taking up temporary work. Enacting such difficult laws makes their enforcement equally difficult as they excite resistance to implementation and prove counter-productive by being scrapped sooner than later.
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