Archive | July, 2018

All Covered CA Janitorial Employers Must Register With the Labor Commissioner

6 Jul

New Janitorial Employer Provision Requires Compliance.

It isn’t optional anymore! Our expert team can answer your questions and help you avoid fines.

July 1, 2018 – Registration Began!
Definition:  A covered employer provides janitorial services with at least one employee and one janitor. A janitor includes any employee, independent contract or franchisee predominantly working as a janitor. Janitorial employers must also keep additional detailed records for three years.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office has recently launched an online registration system and urges janitorial employers to register quickly. If an employer fails to register by October 1, 2018, the employer will be subject to a civil fine, as will any person or entity who contracts with a janitorial employer lacking valid registration.
Cal/OSHA is reminding workers to take preventative cool-down breaks in the shade as temperatures rise throughout California.
Employers can register online or by mail.  They are required to pay a $500 nonrefundable application fee. The registration is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by the month and day of the original registration’s issuance. The renewal fee is also $500. See PDF the Labor Commissioner’s FAQ list.
The online registration tool enables janitorial employers to comply with the law. It also provides a tool for property owners to distinguish law-abiding contractors from dishonest businesses while protecting honest businesses from unfair competition.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office has posted a registration search toolthat shows whether employers and contractors are properly registered. Employers or anyone who contracts with a janitorial employer should use the search tool to make sure their contractors are properly registered.
The CA governor signed the Property Service Workers Protection Act in 2016. Looking ahead, beginning on January 1, 2019, Janitorial Employers will also be required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training every two years. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement is required to develop this biennial, in-person sexual violence and harassment prevention training by January 1, 2019.
The Bottom Line:
Companies That Hire Janitorial Service Firms
to Clean or Maintain Their Property Now Must
Ensure Those Firms Are Properly Licensed 
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