7350 Department of Industrial Relations
Program Descriptions


The objectives of this program include: (1) interpretation and enforcement of sections of the Labor Code which relate to wages, hours of work, and conditions of employment, including anti-retaliation laws addressing employees engaged in protected activities, as well as implementing Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders (as applicable); (2) determination and collection of unpaid wages; 3) the licensing of farm labor contractors, industrial homework firms, and talent agencies; the certification of studio teachers; the registration of garment manufacturers, car washing and polishing businesses, and entities and individuals using minors in door-to-door sales; and permitting for both the employment of minors in the entertainment industry and the individuals representing or providing services to minors in the entertainment industry; (4) field enforcement of laws governing public works, workers' compensation insurance, child labor, unlicensed contractors, rules governing meals and rest periods, the payment of overtime and minimum wage, the licensing of specific industries, and the payment of wages without required deductions; (5) under the administrative direction of the Director's Office, vigorous and targeted enforcement in partnership with state and federal agencies against unscrupulous businesses participating in the "underground economy" and administration of the prevailing wage program, to determine and publish prevailing wage rates for public works projects; (6) enforcement of apprenticeship related requirements relative to public works projects; and (7) management of the Electrician Certification Program that tests for the minimum standards for competency and training for electricians in California.