Add the pay rate earned at each assignment and the hours worked to the wage statements temporary employees will get starting July 1 in San Diego. A new state law passed by the assembly last year makes the wage statements temporary workers get a closer match to the statements regular employees get.
Detailed wage statements lower the possibility San Diegans who work job assignments have their labor taken advantage of. Gross wages and the total hours worked, plus deductions, will become an old way of doing the payroll work at a business. The printed wage lists will be longer. Each business that takes a temporary employee on assignment will have the labor hours they agreed on and paid for printed on the statements.
Temporary agencies may not delay in telling a worker who will pay for their work and how much they will take home from the business that agreed with the agency to employ the worker. Each agency must give its assigned employees a notice at time of hire that tells them the agency's name and address and the name and address for the business that runs the place of assigned work. How much an employee will earn will immediately be put out in the open.
The short term employments, and the jobs a worker knows they will give up at a future date, that have spread throughout California workforces, even quadrupling as a percentage of jobs in the state, now will not put San Diegans at a risk of being neglected. Compromises on pay rates or hours will not stay hidden from a Labor Commissioner that examines the wage statement. The California Labor Federation, a supporter of the assembly bill passed by local legislators Marty Block, Ben Hueso and V. Manuel Perez will watch over the wage payments to make sure no employers take short cuts on the statements, and make sure the temporary workers are paid right.
This is a Center Line Policy Alert.