Cal/OSHA protects workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California through its enforcement, consultation, and research and standards programs. Information on Cal/OSHA's workplace health and safety standards is available on our website http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh1.html. Employers can contact the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service toll-free at 1-800-963-9424 for free help in developing safe work practices.
LETF is a multiple agency collaborative effort to combat the underground economy and improve the state's business environment. It includes investigators with the Department of Industrial Relations' Labor Commissioner's Office and Cal/OSHA, as well as the Employment Development Department, Contractors State License Board, the Board of Equalization, Alcohol and Beverage Control and the Bureau of Automotive Repair.
Businesses operating underground generally violate those laws that are designed to protect workers and California's economy. Skirting income taxes, not carrying workers' compensation insurance, failing to provide required workplace safeguards and paying employees less than what they are owed are common practices of underground businesses. These underground operations subsequently require lower overhead, giving an unfair advantage to the illegal businesses over legitimate, law-abiding employers.
California workers and employers can contact the LETF hotline at 855-297-5322 to report documented complaints and enforcement tips. Complaints will be screened and prioritized in order to catch the most egregious offenders.