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ADVISORY…for March 25 – April 1
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, wage, hour, safety and health experts from the Department of Industrial Relations will be available to discuss the workplace rights of agricultural employees.
Date, time and location
March 25 through April 1. Specific times and locations can be arranged.
Agricultural production is one of the four most hazardous industries in California and is one in which the largely Latino, immigrant workforce has historically been exploited. In spite of these facts, the Department of Industrial Relations receives few complaints from agricultural workers. That’s why Cal/OSHA, the state’s premier safety and health agency, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) are reaching out to agricultural workers to help them understand their rights in situations they face every day. Informed workers are better able to stick up for themselves and demand proper treatment.
Topics that can be covered include:
— All California workers, whether or not they are legally authorized to work in the United States have rights, and the labor commissioner never asks questions about a worker’s immigration status
— Child labor laws
— State minimum wage law
— Overtime laws
— Protections under Industrial Welfare Commission orders
— Filing claims with the state labor commissioner for wages owed
— Protection from employer retaliation
— Safety and health protection on the job
— Agricultural safety and health
— Construction safety and health
— Filing a safety or health complaint with Cal/OSHA
— Safe jobs for youth month (May)
— Resources for workers and employers.
Department of Industrial Relations
Dean Fryer/Susan Gard, 415/703-5050