CA Labor Commissioner Adds New Phone Lines to Answer Frequent Public Questions

Compiled from http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2006/IR2006-04.html San Francisco – The California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Department (DLSE) has installed pre-recorded information telephone lines in all district offices. The public will have quick and easy access to information on California labor law, employee and employer’s rights and fair employment policies. Frequently asked questions will also be featured. “The pre-recorded lines are useful in providing valuable 24-hour information, answering many common questions and eliminating the callers’ wait time. We will continue to have the regular public information lines in all district offices for those who wish to call and speak with a person,” said Robert Jones, acting state labor commissioner for DLSE. The message has been recorded in Spanish and English. There is also an introductory sentence in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean directing the caller to contact the district office for assistance. The pre-recorded phone lines contain a wide variety of information and are arranged in the following order: 1) Termination- the payment of final wages to employees when employment is terminated, vacation pay at quit/termination 2) Wage issues-failing to pay minimum wage, overtime, commissions, etc. 3) How to file a claim-simple directions 4) Employee benefits- vacation, sick leave, retirement, holiday pay, medical/health coverage, bereavement leaves, leaves of absence 5) Public works requirements/contractors license 6) Office locations/directions, 7) Issues not handled by DLSE- sexual harassment, unemployment insurance etc. Effective immediately, the pre-recorded lines are operational for all of the following district offices: Bakersfield 661-859-2462 El Centro 760-353-2544 Eureka 707-441-4604 Fresno 559-248-8398 Long Beach 562-491-0160 Los Angeles 213-576-6227 Oakland 510-622-2660 Redding 530-229-0565 Sacramento 916-263-5378 Salinas 831-443-3029 San Bernardino...

CA Employer Assistance FAQ’s

The California Department of Industrial Relations is a one stop shop for all of your “Employer Guideline” needs. We have compiled some basic FAQ’s from this source to speed up your search. Have fun! Assistance for employees and employers:  Answering your questions Deductions Employment Relationship – Family Members/Minors Holidays Independent Contractors Lactation Accommodation Meal Periods Minimum Wage Overtime Paydays, Pay Periods, and Final Wages Personnel Files and Records Reporting Time Pay Rest Periods Retaliation/Discrimination Tips and Gratuities Vacation Waiting Time Penalty Workers Compensation In order to offer you as much information as possible, the DLSE website contains several sources for assistance.  We recommend that you access basic information provided in our general information lines.  Please also check other links to information provided on this site, such as Publications and Forms which contain information sheets and brochures on many subject matters that are often the topic of questions, and the How To File a Claim sections.  In most cases, you will find an answer to your question.  If, after reviewing all the information offered at these links, you still can’t find the answer to your question regarding wage, hour and labor law, please email us at...
Contract Preparation Tips By Sutter Law a Business Transaction Law Firm

Contract Preparation Tips By Sutter Law a Business Transaction Law Firm

When entering into a business transaction, your contract is usually the only thing that keeps you safe during a misunderstanding. Your understanding of the contract and its polished wording is key to keeping you out of court. We have compiled a quick list for you to ramp up on getting your contract business ready. 1: Get your ducks in a row before you head to over to your law office. 2: Write down the terms of the contract. You can write in the form of an outline, list,  mapping, or however you organize best. This step will help you focus on the terms of the agreement. As you know, attorneys change hourly – most by the tenth (0.10) of an hour – so the more organized you are and the more time you save, the better. 3: Take a look and collect your prior contracts. Most of the time you have already done business in a similar fashion, so you may already have what you need. At the very least, it is good to look at old contracts to remind yourself of provisions that have worked in the past. 4: Get your ducks to a California lawyer. An experienced attorney is one part writer and one part psychic. They should be able to ask questions that you did not know to ask. They should be able to predict conflicts and disputes that you have never anticipated. A good attorney will listen, question, and analyze your answers to give you what you need, not just what you asked for. At Sutter Law, we have the experienced attorneys and the knowledge to give you more then...