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.
Via Los Angeles Times.