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Report Reveals Record-breaking Results for Labor Law Enforcement in California

In a report released in May 2013, Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su announced that labor law enforcement under Governor Brown in the first two years of his Administration resulted in more minimum and overtime wages found owing to California workers and more monetary penalties for illegal business practices than in any previous year in the past decade. In addition, the Labor Commissioner's improved targeting has protected law-abiding businesses from indiscriminate investigations. This effort reflects the Brown Administration’s commitment to protecting California’s workers through the enforcement of laws targeting the state’s underground economy. 

Read more: Labor Commissioner Breaks Enforcement Records

Spanish Human Trafficking Poster Available

Beginning April 1, 2013 certain California employers and businesses, including farm labor contractors, must post a recently released notice developed the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ). (For a complete list of covered employers see California Civil Code §52.6 below)

Read more: Human Trafficing Poster Available

2013 Form W-4 Available

We have received several calls to the FELS Sacramento office asking about "draft" 2013 W-4 forms found until recently on the Internal Revenue Service's website.  "Draft" forms published to IRS' website are not to be used.  

Read more: IRS Form W-4 Updated

Bitterness continues after UFW's loss at Corralitos Farms

WATSONVILLE -- Workers at Corralitos Farms are denying union charges of unfair labor practices by management during a recent election.

Read more: Bitterness Continues At UFW's

Commentary: Obama Hits a Foul by
Honoring Cesar Chavez 

Ruben Navarrette, CNN 

"...Chavez has significance as a historical figure. It is because of the UFW that farmworkers now have clean water and toilets in the fields, collective bargaining, lunch breaks and other legal protections. But Chavez was never a leader for all Latinos....Last, most Latinos disapprove of the president's heavy-handed immigration policies and record number of deportations....Chavez earned many titles in his life, but "champion of immigrants" was not one of them. He was primarily a labor leader who was concerned about illegal immigrants undercutting union members, either by accepting lower wages or crossing picket lines....According to many historical accounts, Chavez ordered union members to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service and report illegal immigrants who were working in the fields so that they could be deported."


Cesar Chavez, flawed hero of the fields

Los Angeles Times: Opinion
By Matt Garcia
September 25, 2012
LA Times OpinionCesar Chavez died in 1993, but the Mexican American labor leader's prominence continues to grow.  But they have obscured another part of his legacy, one of miscalculation and failure. Read the full opinion article at: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-garcia-cesar-chavez-20120925,0,112684.story