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<!–:en–>SAN FRANCISCO APPROVES HIGHER FINES FOR LABOR VIOLATIONS<!–:–>

September 14, 2011

Employers in San Francisco face higher fines for violating the city’s minimum wage requirements, under an
ordinance adopted Sept. 6 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors Aug. 2 on first reading unanimously passed the measure, which would: double fines for violations to $1,000; allow investigators to immediately cite employers for violations; require claims to be processed within one year; and permit the city Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to use funds that are uncollected by employees after three years.

The board’s Budget and Finance Committee approved the ordinance July 27, which also increases penalties for violations and permits criminal prosecution even if the case is resolved civilly.

Mayor Edwin Lee has 10 business days to sign the legislation, which is backed by the Progressive Workers Alliance.

The measure amends the San Francisco minimum wage law, Administrative Code Sections 12R.5, 12R.7, 12R.16, 12R.17, 12R.18, and 12R.25, to clarify agency access to places of employment during business hours to inspect books and records, interview employees, and investigate matters.

The Chinese Progressive Association last September released a report that showed half of Chinatown restaurant workers surveyed report minimum wage violations and three quarters report overtime wage violations.

San Francisco’s minimum wage this year is $9.92. The California minimum wage is $8, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. 09-13-2011. Bureau of National Affairs.