Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Creates Office of Labor Standards Enforcement

By a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to create an new Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, aimed at helping educate workers on their rights and helping tackle wage theft, discrimination and sexual harassment across the County. Dozens of supporters from a wide range of organizations came out to support the creation of the office including the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, the Health Trust, Working Partnerships USA,  the South Bay Labor Council, the Building Trades Council, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The office will work with community groups and worker organizations to investigate labor abuses impacting the most vulnerable workers in high risk industries, building on experience of similar offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. The Board also passed new related policies to develop a business license for companies in the unincorporated portions of the County as a tool to support compliance with local, state and federal labor laws and the creation of a pilot program to leverage the County’s public health permitting to fight wage theft within restaurants and businesses with food facilities.

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