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Letter to Leaders

Department of Labor Begins To Support Even Illegal Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering the expansion of a program throughout California that helps workers – regardless of immigrant status – ensure they are paid according to DOL and California labor guidelines.

Since 2004, the program (called EMPLEO) has recovered nearly $4.35 million in compensation for workers who have been paid less than the minimum wage; not compensated for overtime; or who have not been treated fairly, according to DOL/California labor guidelines.

Bottom line for employers: You must follow all guidelines for all employees, whether they are here legally or not.

And if you knowingly employ illegal immigrants, the sanctions can be massive.


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