California employee rights expanded to include on-site employer

Employee rights in California have not always been clear about when an on-site employer (or customer of a contract/temp agency) is liable to you for unpaid wages or unsafe working conditions. When your temp agency underpays you (say denies you overtime because “it wasn’t in our agreement with your on-site employer”), can you sue the on site employer? The answer is now pretty clearly “yes”, thanks to Assembly Bill 1897. In many industries such as warehousing, food processing and the like, it become profitable for major US corporations to outside general labor to law-paying staffing companies.

This new law about emplo0yee rights (just signed by Governor Brown) will force the client (your on-site employer() to share all civil legal responsibility and liability for paying wages and will prohibit an on site employer for shifting to the temp (or labor contractor) legal duties when it involves worker safety.

Still to be determined will be the effect of this new law on the right of our employees to sue both companies for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation and whistle blowing if they report underpayment or unsafe working conditions to a governmental agency such as the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.

This has been a good year for Danz & Associates clients that we represent state-wide through our ten offices from Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco, Pasadena, Irvine, San Bernardino and San Diego! New law also now offers workers paid sick leave. We are proud to have joined with the California Employment Lawyers Association in supporting these laws.