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Labor Code - LAB

DIVISION 2. EMPLOYMENT REGULATION AND SUPERVISION [200 - 2699.5]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )

PART 6. LICENSING [1682 - 1706.5]

  ( Heading of Part 6 amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 590. )

CHAPTER 3. Farm Labor Contractors [1682 - 1699]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1746. )

1682.
  

As used in this chapter:

(a) “Person” includes any individual, firm, partnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation.

(b) “Farm labor contractor” designates any person who, for a fee, employs workers to render personal services in connection with the production of any farm products to, for, or under the direction of a third person, or who recruits, solicits, supplies, or hires workers on behalf of an employer engaged in the growing or producing of farm products, and who, for a fee, provides in connection therewith one or more of the following services: furnishes board, lodging, or transportation for those workers; supervises, times, checks, counts, weighs, or otherwise directs or measures their work; or disburses wage payments to these persons.

(c) “License” means a license issued by the Labor Commissioner to carry on the business, activities, or operations of a farm labor contractor under this chapter.

(d) “Licensee” means a farm labor contractor who holds a valid and unrevoked license under this chapter.

(e) “Fee” shall mean (1) the difference between the amount received by a labor contractor and the amount paid out by him or her to persons employed to render personal services to, for or under the direction of a third person; (2) any valuable consideration received or to be received by a farm labor contractor for or in connection with any of the services described above, and shall include the difference between any amount received or to be received by him or her, and the amount paid out by him or her, for or in connection with the rendering of such services.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1010, Sec. 183. Effective January 1, 1995.)

1682.3.
  

“Farm labor contractor” includes any “day hauler.” “Day hauler” means any person who is employed by a farm labor contractor to transport, or who for a fee transports, by motor vehicle, workers to render personal services in connection with the production of any farm products to, for, or under the direction of a third person.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1704.)

1682.4.
  

“Farm labor contractor” does not include a commercial packing house engaged in both the harvesting and the packing of citrus fruit or soft fruit for a client or customer.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 662, Sec. 1.)

1682.5.
  

This chapter does not apply to:

(a) A nonprofit corporation or organization with respect to services specified in subdivision (b) of Section 1682, which are performed for its members.

(b) Any person who performs the services specified in subdivision (b) of Section 1682 only within the scope of his employment by the third person on whose behalf he is so acting and not as an independent contractor.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1834.)

1682.7.
  

The Labor Commissioner shall ensure that the office maintained in Fresno has suitable facilities and sufficient personnel for the examination and licensing of farm labor contractors and for the processing of complaints against farm labor contractors or any agent of a farm labor contractor.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 877, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2001.)

1682.8.
  

The Labor Commissioner may establish and maintain a Farm Labor Contractor Special Enforcement Unit within the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement office in Fresno of the Department of Industrial Relations for the hiring of additional agents to enforce the provisions of this chapter by revoking, suspending, or refusing to renew farm labor contractors’ licenses pursuant to Section 1690.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 917, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2001.)

1683.
  

(a) A person shall not act as a farm labor contractor until a license to do so has been issued to the person by the Labor Commissioner and the license is in full force and effect and in the person’s possession. The Labor Commissioner shall provide by regulation a means of issuing duplicate licenses in case of loss of the original license or any other appropriate instances.

(b) (1) A person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty as follows:

(A) For any initial citation, one hundred dollars ($100) for each farmworker employed by the unlicensed person, plus one hundred dollars ($100) for each calendar day that a violation occurs, for a total penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(B) For a second citation, two hundred dollars ($200) for each farmworker employed by the unlicensed person, plus two hundred dollars ($200) for each calendar day that a violation occurs, for a total penalty not to exceed twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).

(C) For a third or subsequent citation, five hundred dollars ($500) for each farmworker employed by the unlicensed person, plus five hundred dollars ($500) for each calendar day that a violation occurs, for a total penalty not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

(2) If, upon inspection or investigation, the Labor Commissioner determines that a person has violated this section, the Labor Commissioner shall issue a citation. The procedures for issuing, contesting, and enforcing citations or civil penalties issued by the Labor Commissioner for a violation of this section are the same as those described in Section 1197.1.

(3) The civil penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the Farmworker Remedial Account and shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of this chapter.

(4) The civil penalties provided for in this section are in addition to any other penalty provided by law.

(c) For purposes of this section, “license” includes a letter of authorization issued by the Labor Commissioner pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 1695.7.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 857, Sec. 1. (AB 1675) Effective January 1, 2013.)

1684.
  

(a) The Labor Commissioner shall not issue to any person a license to act as a farm labor contractor, nor shall the Labor Commissioner renew that license, until all of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) The person has executed a written application in a form prescribed by the Labor Commissioner, subscribed and sworn to by the person, and containing all of the following:

(A) A statement by the person of all facts required by the Labor Commissioner concerning the applicant’s character, competency, and responsibility, and the manner and method by which the person proposes to conduct operations as a farm labor contractor if the license is issued.

(B) The names and addresses of all persons, except bona fide employees on stated salaries, financially interested, either as partners, associates, or profit sharers, in the proposed operation as a farm labor contractor, together with the amount of their respective interests.

(C) A declaration consenting to the designation by a court of the Labor Commissioner as an agent available to accept service of summons in any action against the licensee if the licensee has left the jurisdiction in which the action is commenced or otherwise has become unavailable to accept service.

(D) The names and addresses of all persons who in the previous calendar year performed any services described in subdivision (b) of Section 1682 within the scope of his or her employment by the licensee on whose behalf he or she was acting, unless the person was employed as an independent contractor.

(2) The Labor Commissioner, after investigation, is satisfied as to the character, competency, and responsibility of the person.

(3) (A) The person has deposited with the Labor Commissioner a surety bond in an amount based on the size of the person’s annual payroll for all employees, as follows:

(i) For payrolls up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), a twenty-five-thousand-dollar ($25,000) bond.

(ii) For payrolls of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) to two million dollars ($2,000,000), a fifty-thousand-dollar ($50,000) bond.

(iii) For payrolls greater than two million dollars ($2,000,000), a seventy-five-thousand-dollar ($75,000) bond.

(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the Labor Commissioner shall require documentation of the size of the person’s annual payroll, which may include, but is not limited to, information provided by the person to the Employment Development Department, the Franchise Tax Board, the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the insurer providing the licensee’s workers’ compensation insurance, or the Internal Revenue Service.

(C) If the contractor has been the subject of a final judgment in a year in an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the bond required, he or she shall be required to deposit an additional bond within 60 days.

(D) All bonds required under this chapter shall be payable to the people of the State of California and shall be conditioned upon the farm labor contractor’s compliance with all the terms and provisions of this chapter and subdivisions (j) and (k) of Section 12940 of, and Sections 12950 and 12950.1 of, the Government Code, and payment of all damages occasioned to any person by failure to do so, or by any violation of this chapter or of subdivision (j) or (k) of Section 12940 of, or of Section 12950 or 12950.1 of, the Government Code, or any violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352), or false statements or misrepresentations made in the procurement of the license. The bond shall also be payable for interest on wages and for any damages arising from violation of orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission, and for any other monetary relief awarded to an agricultural worker as a result of a violation of this code or of subdivision (j) or (k) of Section 12940 of, or Section 12950 or 12950.1 of, the Government Code, or any violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352).

(4) The person has paid to the Labor Commissioner a license fee of five hundred dollars ($500) plus a filing fee of ten dollars ($10). However, when a timely application for renewal is filed, the ten-dollar ($10) filing fee is not required. The license fee shall increase by one hundred dollars ($100), to six hundred dollars ($600), on January 1, 2015. The amount attributable to this increase shall be expended by the Labor Commissioner to fund the Farm Labor Contractor Enforcement Unit and the Farm Labor Contractor License Verification Unit. The Labor Commissioner shall deposit one hundred fifty dollars ($150) of each licensee’s annual license fee into the Farmworker Remedial Account. Funds from this account shall be disbursed by the Labor Commissioner only to persons determined by the Labor Commissioner to have been damaged by any licensee or to persons determined by the Labor Commissioner to have been damaged by an unlicensed farm labor contractor.

(A) In making these determinations, the Labor Commissioner shall disburse funds from the Farmworker Remedial Account to satisfy claims against farm labor contractors or unlicensed farm labor contractors, which shall include unpaid wages, interest on wages, and any damages or other monetary relief arising from the violation of orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission or from a violation of this code, including statutory penalties recoverable by an employee determined to be due to an agricultural worker and for all damages arising from any violation of subdivision (j) or (k) of Section 12940 of, or of Section 12950 or 12950.1 of, the Government Code, or any violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352).

(B) A disbursement shall be made pursuant to a claim for recovery from the account in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Labor Commissioner.

(C) Disbursed funds subsequently recovered from a liable party by the Labor Commissioner pursuant to Section 1693, or otherwise, shall be returned to the Farmworker Remedial Account.

(5) The person has taken a written examination that demonstrates an essential degree of knowledge of the current laws and administrative regulations concerning farm labor contractors as the Labor Commissioner deems necessary for the safety and protection of farmers, farmworkers, and the public, including the identification and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. To successfully complete the examinations, the person must correctly answer at least 85 percent of the questions posed. The examination period shall not exceed four hours. The examination may only be taken a maximum of three times in a calendar year. The examinations shall include a demonstration of knowledge of the current laws and regulations regarding wages, hours, and working conditions, penalties, employee housing and transportation, collective bargaining, field sanitation, and safe work practices related to pesticide use, including all of the following subjects:

(A) Field reentry regulations.

(B) Worker pesticide safety training.

(C) Employer responsibility for safe working conditions.

(D) Symptoms and appropriate treatment of pesticide poisoning.

(6) The person has registered as a farm labor contractor pursuant to the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1801 et seq.), when registration is required pursuant to federal law, and that information is provided by the person to the Labor Commissioner.

(7) Each of the person’s employees has registered as a farm labor contractor employee pursuant to the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1801 et seq.) if that registration is required pursuant to federal law, and that information is provided by the person to the Labor Commissioner.

(8) (A) The person has executed a written statement, that has been provided to the Labor Commissioner, attesting that the person’s supervisorial employees, including any supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or other employee whose duties include the supervision, direction, or control of agricultural employees, have been trained at least once for at least two hours each calendar year in the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, and that all new nonsupervisorial employees, including agricultural employees, have been trained at the time of hire, and that all nonsupervisorial employees, including agricultural employees, have been trained at least once every two years in identifying, preventing, and reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

(B) Sexual harassment prevention training shall consist of training administered by a licensee or appropriate designee of the licensee. Sexual harassment training for each agricultural employee shall be in the language understood by that employee. The person may comply with this language requirement either by providing the training in that language or by having the training interpreted for the employee in the language that he or she understands.

(C) Sexual harassment prevention training shall include, at a minimum, components of the following as consistent with Section 12950 of the Government Code:

(i) The illegality of sexual harassment.

(ii) The definition of sexual harassment under applicable state and federal law.

(iii) A description of sexual harassment, utilizing examples.

(iv) The internal complaint process of the employer available to the employee.

(v) The legal remedies and complaint process available through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

(vi) Directions for how to contact the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

(vii) The protection against retaliation provided under current law.

(D) (i) The trainer may use the text of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s pamphlet DFEH-185, “Sexual Harassment” as a guide to training, or may use other written material or other training resources covering the information required in subparagraph (C).

(ii) As part of his or her application for license renewal, in order to establish that training is occurring, a licensee shall provide the Labor Commissioner with a complete list of all materials or resources utilized to provide sexual harassment prevention training to his or her agricultural employees in the calendar year before the month the renewal application is submitted.

(E) At the conclusion of the training, the trainer shall provide the employee with a copy of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s pamphlet DFEH-185, and a record of the training on a form provided by the Labor Commissioner that includes the name of the trainer and the date of the training.

(F) The licensee shall keep a record with the names of all employees who have received sexual harassment training for a period of three years.

(G) (i) As part of his or her application for license renewal, the licensee shall provide to the Labor Commissioner the total number of agricultural employees trained in sexual harassment prevention in the calendar year before the month the renewal application is submitted.

(ii) The Labor Commissioner shall annually aggregate the data provided under this subparagraph by licensees and publish on the Internet Web site of the Labor Commissioner the total number of agricultural employees trained in sexual harassment prevention in the previous calendar year.

(b) The Labor Commissioner shall consult with the Director of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Employment Development Department, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in preparing the examination required by paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) and the appropriate educational materials pertaining to the matters included in the examination, and may charge a fee of not more than two hundred dollars ($200) to cover the cost of administration of the examination.

(c) The person shall also enroll and participate in at least nine hours of relevant educational classes each year. The classes shall include at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training. The classes shall be chosen from a list of approved classes prepared by the Labor Commissioner, in consultation with the persons and entities listed in subdivision (b) and county agricultural commissioners.

(d) The Labor Commissioner may renew a license without requiring the applicant for renewal to take the examination specified in paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) if the Labor Commissioner finds that the applicant meets all of the following criteria:

(1) Has satisfactorily completed the examination during the immediately preceding two years.

(2) Has not during the preceding year been found to be in violation of any applicable laws or regulations including, but not limited to, Division 7 (commencing with Section 12500) of the Food and Agricultural Code, subdivisions (j) and (k) of Section 12940 of, and Section 12950 or 12950.1 of, the Government Code, Part 1 (commencing with Section 17000) of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code, Division 2 (commencing with Section 200), Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200), and Division 5 (commencing with Section 6300) of this code, and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 12500) of Division 6 of the Vehicle Code.

(3) Has, for each year since the license was obtained, enrolled and participated in at least eight hours of relevant, educational classes, chosen from a list of approved classes prepared by the Labor Commissioner.

(4) Has complied with all other requirements of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 92, Sec. 158. (SB 1289) Effective January 1, 2019.)

1684.3.
  

Whenever an application for a license or renewal is made, and application processing pursuant to this chapter has not been completed, the Labor Commissioner may, at his or her discretion, issue a temporary or provisional license valid for a period not exceeding 90 days, and subject, where appropriate, to the automatic and summary revocation by the Labor Commissioner. Otherwise, the conditions for issuance or renewal shall meet the requirements of Section 1684.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 557, Sec. 2.)

1684.5.
  

The Labor Commissioner shall quarterly submit to the Department of the California Highway Patrol a list of all licensees.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 917, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2001.)

1685.
  

No license to operate as a farm labor contractor shall be granted:

(a) To any person who sells or proposes to sell intoxicating liquors in a building or on premises where he or she operates or proposes to operate as a farm labor contractor.

(b) To a person whose license has been revoked within three years from the date of application.

(c) To a person who, within the preceding three years, has been found by a court or an administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment of an employee, or who, within the preceding three years, employed any supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee of the applicant whose duties include the supervision, direction, or control of any agricultural worker whom the applicant knew or should have known has been found by a court or an administrative agency, within the preceding three years of his or her employment with the applicant, to have committed sexual harassment of an employee. A person shall be deemed not to have knowledge under this subdivision that any supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee has been found by a court or any administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment if that supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee executes a statement on a form provided by the Labor Commissioner that includes the following statement: “I have not been found to have committed sexual harassment by any court or any administrative agency within the preceding three years.” This subdivision shall not apply until the Labor Commissioner prepares the form and makes it available on the division’s Internet Web site.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 2. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1686.
  

The Labor Commissioner, upon proper notice and hearing, may refuse to grant a license. The proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code and the commissioner shall have all of the powers granted therein.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1746.)

1687.
  

(a) Each laminated license shall contain, on the face thereof, all of the following:

(1) The name and address of the licensee and the fact that the licensee is licensed to act as a farm labor contractor for the period upon the face of the license only.

(2) The number, date of issuance, and date of expiration of the license.

(3) The amount of the surety bond deposited by the licensee.

(4) The fact that the license may not be transferred or assigned.

(5) A picture of the licensee taken at the time of application.

(b) The license shall be similar in size and format to a driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and shall contain a hologram and a signature to verify authenticity. The cost of the hologrammed license shall be appropriated from the license fee.

(c) The license shall contain on the back thereof the definition of a farm labor contractor, as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 1682.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 917, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2001.)

1688.
  

The license when first issued shall run to the next birthday of the applicant, and each license shall then be renewed within the 30 days preceding the licensee’s birthday and shall run from birthday to birthday. In case the applicant is a partnership or corporation, the license for a partnership shall be renewed within the 30 days preceding the birthday of the oldest partner, and the license for a corporation shall be renewed within the 30 days preceding the anniversary of the date the corporation was lawfully formed. Renewal shall require the filing of an application for renewal, a renewal bond, and the payment of the annual license fee, but the Labor Commissioner may demand that a new application or a new bond be submitted.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 517, Sec. 301.)

1689.
  

All applications for renewal shall state the names and addresses of all persons, except bona fide employees on stated salaries, financially interested either as partners, associates or profit sharers in the operation of the farm labor contractor.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 125.)

1690.
  

The Labor Commissioner may revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew any license if it is shown that any of the following have occurred:

(a) The licensee or any agent of the licensee has violated or failed to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The licensee has made any misrepresentations or false statements in his or her application for a license.

(c) The conditions under which the license was issued have changed or no longer exist.

(d) The licensee, or any agent of the licensee, has violated, or has willfully aided or abetted any person in the violation of, or failed to comply with, any law of the State of California regulating the employment of employees in agriculture, the payment of wages to farm employees, or the conditions, terms, or places of employment affecting the health and safety of farm employees, which is applicable to the business, activities, or operations of the licensee in his or her capacity as a farm labor contractor.

(e) The licensee, or any agent of the licensee, has failed to comply with any provisions of the Vehicle Code pertaining to a farm labor vehicle, as described in Section 322 of the Vehicle Code, under the licensee’s control, or has allowed a farm labor vehicle under his or her control to be operated by a driver without a valid driver’s license and certificate required pursuant to Section 12519 of the Vehicle Code.

(f) The licensee has been found, by a court or the Secretary of Labor, to have violated any provision of the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1801 et seq.), provided that the licensee is required to register as a farm labor contractor pursuant to federal law.

(g) The licensee has been found by a court or an administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment of an employee, or has employed any supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee of the licensee whose duties include the supervision, direction, or control of any agricultural worker on behalf of the licensee, whom the licensee knew or should have known has been found by a court or an administrative agency, within the preceding three years, to have committed sexual harassment of an employee. A licensee shall be deemed not to have knowledge under this subdivision that any supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee has been found by a court or any other administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment if that supervisor, crewleader, mayordomo, foreperson, or any other employee executes a statement on a form provided by the Labor Commissioner that includes the following statement: “I have not been found to have committed sexual harassment by any court or any administrative agency within the preceding three years.” This subdivision shall not apply until the Labor Commissioner prepares the form and makes it available on the division’s Internet Web site.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 3. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1690.1.
  

(a) (1) If a licensee fails to remit the proper amount of worker contributions required by Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 901) of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, or the Employment Development Department has made an assessment for unpaid worker contributions against the licensee that is final, the Labor Commissioner shall, upon written notice by the Employment Development Department, refuse to issue or renew the license of that licensee until the licensee has fully paid the amount of delinquency for the unpaid worker contributions.

(2) The Labor Commissioner shall not, however, refuse to renew the license of a licensee under this section until the assessment for unpaid worker contributions is final and unpaid, and the licensee has exhausted, or failed to seek, his or her right of administrative review of that final assessment, pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 901) of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(b) If any licensee fails to remit the amounts required by Section 227, the Labor Commissioner shall refuse to issue or renew the license of the licensee until the delinquent amount has been paid in full.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 4. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1691.
  

(a) If any licensee has been subject to two or more final judgments by a court for failure to pay wages due with respect to his or her agricultural employees within a five-year period, the Labor Commissioner shall suspend for one year the license of the licensee. The Labor Commissioner shall maintain a telephone information line for the purpose of advising potential or actual employees of farm labor contractors regarding the compliance of individual farm labor contractors with applicable laws and regulations.

(b) For purposes of this section, a “serious violation” shall have the same meaning as provided in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 6130 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1349, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1993.)

1692.
  

Before revoking or suspending any license, the Labor Commissioner shall afford the holder of such license an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. The proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and the commissioner shall have all the powers granted therein.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1746.)

1692.5.
  

A licensee whose license is suspended or revoked pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall immediately surrender such license to the Labor Commissioner.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 448.)

1693.
  

The Labor Commissioner and the deputies and representatives authorized by the Labor Commissioner in writing may take assignments of actions on the bond against licensees by persons damaged and may prosecute such actions on behalf of persons who, in the judgment of the Labor Commissioner, are financially unable to employ counsel, in the same manner that claims are prosecuted under Section 98.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 517, Sec. 304.)

1694.
  

If a licensee has departed from the state or has left the jurisdiction in which a violation of this chapter is alleged to have occurred with intent to defraud creditors or to avoid service of summons in any action brought under this chapter, service shall be made upon the surety as prescribed in the Code of Civil Procedure. A copy of the summons shall be mailed to the licensee at the last known post office address of his or her residence, as shown by the records of the Labor Commissioner. Service is complete as to the licensee, after mailing, at the expiration of the time prescribed by the Code of Civil Procedure for service of summons in the particular court in which suit is brought.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 5. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1695.
  

(a) Every licensee shall do all of the following:

(1) Carry his or her license and proof of registration issued pursuant to paragraph (8) with him or her at all times and exhibit the same to all persons with whom he or she intends to deal in his or her capacity as a farm labor contractor prior to so dealing.

(2) File at the United States Post Office serving the address of the licensee, as noted on the face of his or her license, with the office of the Labor Commissioner, and with the agricultural commissioner of the county or counties in which the labor contractor has contracted with a grower, a correct change of address immediately upon each occasion the licensee permanently moves his or her address. The address shall also be the mailing address for purposes of notice required by the Labor Code or by any other applicable statute or regulations respecting service by mail.

(3) Promptly when due, pay or distribute to the individuals entitled thereto, all moneys or other things of value entrusted to the licensee by any third person for this purpose.

(4) Comply on his or her part with the terms and provisions of all legal and valid agreements and contracts entered into between the licensee in his or her capacity as a farm labor contractor and third persons.

(5) Have available for inspection by his or her employees and by the grower with whom he or she has contracted a written statement in English and Spanish showing the rate of compensation he or she receives from the grower and the rate of compensation he or she is paying to his or her employees for services rendered to, for, or under the control of the grower. Upon written request, the statement shall be provided to a current or former employee or the grower within 21 calendar days. A licensee who fails to comply with this paragraph is subject to a civil penalty of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) recoverable by the employee or the grower.

(6) Take out a policy of insurance with any insurance carrier authorized to do business in the State of California in an amount satisfactory to the commissioner, which insures the licensee against liability for damage to persons or property arising out of the licensee’s operation of, or ownership of, any vehicle or vehicles for the transportation of individuals in connection with his or her business, activities, or operations as a farm labor contractor.

(7) Have displayed prominently at the site where the work is to be performed and on all vehicles used by the licensee or his or her employees or agents for the transportation of employees the rate of compensation the licensee is paying to his or her employees for their services, printed in both English and Spanish and in lettering of a size to be prescribed by the Department of Industrial Relations.

(8) Register annually with the agricultural commissioner of the county or counties in which the labor contractor has contracted with a grower.

(9) Provide information and training on applicable laws and regulations governing worker safety, including the requirements of Article 10.5 (commencing with Section 12980) of Chapter 2 of Division 7 of the Food and Agricultural Code, sexual harassment, or regulating the terms and conditions of agricultural employment, to each crewleader, foreperson, or other employee whose duties include the supervision, direction, or control of any agricultural worker on behalf of a licensee, or pursuant to, a contract or agreement for agricultural services entered into with a licensee.

(b) The board of supervisors of a county may establish fees to be charged each licensee for the recovery of the actual costs incurred by commissioners in the administration of registrations and change of address and the issuance of proofs of registration.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 6. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1695.5.
  

(a) Every farm labor contractor, upon request of any agricultural grower with whom he or she has a contract to supply farmworkers, shall immediately furnish the grower with a payroll list of all the contractor’s employees working for the grower.

(b) The payroll list shall be on a uniform form approved by the Labor Commissioner, which shall include, but not be limited to, the employee’s name, social security number, permanent and temporary address, telephone number, and length of employment with the grower.

(c) The requirements of this section are in addition to any requirements of federal law, including the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 1801), Title 29, United States Code).

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1000, Sec. 4.)

1695.55.
  

(a) Every person acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor shall provide any grower with whom he or she has contracted to supply farmworkers a payroll record for each farmworker providing labor under the contract. The payroll record shall include a disclosure of the net and gross wages, total hours worked, and total hourly and piece rate earnings for each farmworker.

(b) Each grower entering into a contract with a farm labor contractor shall retain a copy of the payroll record provided by the contractor for a period of three years after the contract has ended.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 7. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1695.6.
  

No person shall knowingly enter into an agreement for the services of a farm labor contractor who is not licensed under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 803.)

1695.7.
  

(a) (1) Prior to entering into any contract or agreement to supply agricultural labor or services to a grower, a farm labor contractor shall first provide to the grower a copy of his or her current valid state license. A failure to do so is a violation of this chapter. The grower shall keep a copy of the license for a period of three years following the termination of the contract or agreement.

(2) In the event that the licensee or prospective licensee has fulfilled all the requirements for a license, but the Labor Commissioner has not been able to timely issue or renew a license, the Labor Commissioner shall issue to the person applying for a license, or renewal of a license, a letter of authorization permitting that person to operate or continue to operate as a farm labor contractor. For purposes of this section, a “valid state license” shall include a letter of authorization issued pursuant to this paragraph.

(3) (A) No grower shall enter into a contract or agreement with a person acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor who fails to provide a copy of his or her license. A grower has an affirmative obligation to inspect the license of any person contracted as a farm labor contractor, a copy of whose license is provided to the grower pursuant to paragraph (1), and to verify that the license is valid. The grower shall request verification from the license verification unit by the close of the third business day following the day on which the farm labor contractor is engaged. The grower may be supplied services by the farm labor contractor and shall not be liable under this section for an invalid license while awaiting verification from the verification unit. The verification received from the license verification unit shall serve as conclusive evidence of the grower’s compliance with this subparagraph. The verification shall be valid until the farm labor contractor’s license expires. Failure to comply with this subparagraph is a violation of this chapter.

(B) A farm labor contractor has an affirmative obligation to inspect the license of any person contracted by the farm labor contractor who is acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor a copy of whose license is provided to the farm labor contractor pursuant to Section 1695.9, and to verify that the license is valid. The farm labor contractor shall request verification from the license verification unit by the close of the third business day following the day on which the individual who is acting as the farm labor contractor is engaged. The farm labor contractor may be supplied services by the acting farm labor contractor and shall not be liable under this section for an invalid license while awaiting verification from the verification unit. The verification received from the license verification unit shall serve as conclusive evidence of the farm labor contractor’s compliance with this subparagraph. The verification shall be valid until the individual’s license expires. Failure to comply with this subparagraph is a violation of this chapter.

(C) If a determination is made by the Labor Commissioner that the verification system is inoperable, no grower or farm labor contractor shall be liable under this section until seven business days after the Labor Commissioner determines the system is operable and has made public notice to affected parties.

(4) (A) If a contract or agreement entered into with a farm labor contractor extends beyond the expiration date of his or her license, or extends beyond the date contained in the letter of authorization to operate, the farm labor contractor shall provide to the grower, upon renewal of the license or issuance of the letter of authorization a copy of his or her current valid renewed license or a copy of a letter of authorization issued by the Labor Commissioner. In the event the farm labor contractor’s license is not renewed, the farm labor contractor shall notify the grower within three days.

(B) If a contract or agreement entered into by a farm labor contractor with another farm labor contractor extends beyond the expiration date of his or her license, or extends beyond the date contained in the letter of authorization to operate, the other farm labor contractor shall provide to the farm labor contractor, upon renewal of the license or issuance of the letter of authorization a copy of his or her current valid renewed license or a copy of a letter of authorization issued by the Labor Commissioner. In the event the license of a person contracted by a farm labor contractor who is acting as farm labor contractor is not renewed, the person shall notify the farm labor contractor within three days.

(b) A failure by a farm labor contractor to provide a copy of his or her license to the grower shall not constitute a defense against liability under this section for a grower who subsequently fails to comply with the requirements of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (a). A failure by a person acting as a farm labor contractor who is contracted by a farm labor contractor to provide a copy of his or her license to the farm labor contractor shall not constitute a defense against liability under this section for a farm labor contractor who subsequently fails to comply with the requirements of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (a).

(c) (1) Any person who acts in the capacity of a farm labor contractor without first securing a license or while his or her license has been suspended or revoked is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both, and is subject to other sanctions under this chapter, including subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1697.

(2) Any grower or farm labor contractor who enters into a contract or agreement in violation of this section shall be subject to a civil action by an aggrieved worker for any claims arising from the contract or agreement that are a direct result of any violation of any state law regulating wages, housing, pesticides, or transportation committed by the unlicensed farm labor contractor. The court shall grant a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

(3) On or after January 1, 2003, any grower, farm labor contractor, or other person acting either individually or as an officer, agent, or employee of any grower or farm labor contractor who knowingly and willfully fails to pay, or causes the failure to pay, wages as set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 1199, or any higher wages that have been agreed to, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as set forth in subdivision (f). However, if the prosecutor elects to prosecute any grower, farm labor contractor, or other person pursuant to this paragraph and subdivision (f), multiple failures to pay wages within a single payroll and in a single pay period shall constitute one violation.

(4) Any aggrieved worker who, claims a violation of this section, may bring a civil action for injunctive relief and lost wages as provided in Section 218, and, upon prevailing, shall recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

(d) As used in this section:

(1) “Business day” means any day on which the offices of the license verification unit are open to the public for the conducting of business.

(2) “Grower” means any person who owns or leases land used for the planting, cultivation, production, harvesting, or packing of any farm products, if he or she hires or uses persons acting as farm labor contractors, and includes a packing shed or a person or entity who farms the land on behalf of the land owner, whether or not he or she owns or leases the land.

(3) “Inspect,” with regard to inspecting a license, means to examine the license to determine whether it reasonably appears on its face to be genuine.

(4) “License verification unit” means the Farm Labor Contractor License Verification Unit established pursuant to subdivision (e).

(5) “Verify,” with respect to verifying a license, means to contact by telephone, facsimile, website, electronic mail, or other means as determined by the Labor Commissioner, the license verification unit to confirm the validity of a license and to record in the requester’s files the unique verification number provided by the license verification unit to document that the requester confirmed the validity of the license of the farm labor contractor with whom he or she has entered into a contract or agreement to supply services.

(e) The Labor Commissioner shall establish and maintain a Farm Labor Contractor License Verification Unit commencing no later than July 1, 2002. The license verification unit shall, upon the request of a grower or farm labor contractor, certify the status of a state license issued to a farm labor contractor. The license verification unit shall assign a unique verification number to the request and the unit shall within 24 hours send by mail, or, if available, by facsimile or electronic mail, confirmation that will serve as conclusive evidence of compliance with the verification requirements of this section. The obligation under this section to verify licenses shall not become operative and the penalties for failure to verify a license shall not be applicable until three months after the license verification unit becomes operational, as certified by the State Auditor.

(f) (1) On or after January 1, 2003, a violation of paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) is a misdemeanor and is punishable as provided in subdivision (a) of Section 1697, except that the fine portion of the penalty shall be as follows:

(A) Upon conviction for a first violation, by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), and is subject to other sanctions under this chapter, including subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1697. Upon conviction, the Labor Commissioner shall revoke the defendant’s license and the defendant shall be ineligible for a license for a period of one year from the date of revocation.

(B) Upon a conviction for a violation committed within three years after a conviction for a prior violation, by a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and is subject to other sanctions under this chapter, including subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1697. Upon a second conviction, the Labor Commissioner shall revoke the defendant’s license and the defendant shall be ineligible for a license for a period of two years from the date of revocation.

(C) Upon a conviction for a violation committed within five years after a second conviction pursuant to subparagraph (B), by a fine of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and is subject to other sanctions under this chapter, including subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1697. Upon a third conviction, the Labor Commissioner shall revoke the defendant’s license and the defendant shall not thereafter be eligible to obtain a license.

(2) If a person is prosecuted under this subdivision, that person may not be prosecuted under any other law if the prosecution would be based upon the same set of facts as the prosecution under this subdivision.

(g) A farm labor contractor, a person contracted by a farm labor contractor who is acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor, or an employer of a farm labor contractor is subject to Section 98.6 and 1102.5.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 157, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1695.8.
  

(a) No person whose license was suspended, revoked, or denied renewal by the Labor Commissioner shall perform any activity or service specified in subdivision (b) of Section 1682 or in Section 1682.3 to, for, or under the direction of a farm labor contractor, whether as an employee, independent contractor, or otherwise, for three years after the license is suspended, revoked, or denied renewal, or until the license is reinstated, whichever first occurs.

(b) No farm labor contractor shall knowingly contract with or use any person specified in subdivision (a), whether as an employee, independent contractor, or otherwise, to perform an activity or service specified in subdivision (b) of Section 1682 or in Section 1682.3 for three years after the license of the person is suspended, revoked, or denied renewal, or until the license is reinstated, whichever first occurs.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 157, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1695.9.
  

Any person contracted by a farm labor contractor who is acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor shall first provide to the farm labor contractor a copy of his or her current valid state license. A farm labor contractor is responsible for ensuring that every person who is performing farm labor contracting activities on behalf of the farm labor contractor has obtained a farm labor contractor license as required by Section 1683 prior to the person’s engagement in any activity described in subdivision (b) of Section 1682. A farm labor contractor who utilizes the services of another farm labor contractor who is not his or her employee shall also comply with the provisions of this chapter. The farm labor contractor is responsible for any violations of this chapter committed by his or her employee, whether or not the employee has registered as required by this chapter. The farm labor contractor shall keep a copy of the license or licenses for a period of three years following the termination of the contract or agreement.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 157, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1696.
  

No licensee shall:

(1) Make any misrepresentation or false statement in his application for a license.

(2) Make or cause to be made, to any person, any false, fraudulent, or misleading representation, or publish or circulate or cause to be published or circulated any false, fraudulent, or misleading information concerning the terms or conditions or existence of employment at any place or places, or by any person or persons, or of any individual or individuals.

(3) Send or transport any worker to any place where the labor contractor knows a strike or lockout exists, without notifying the worker that such conditions exist.

(4) Do any act in his capacity as a farm labor contractor, or cause any act to be done, which constitutes a crime involving moral turpitude, or the effect of which causes any act to be done which constitutes a crime involving moral turpitude under any law of the State of California.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1746.)

1696.2.
  

All vehicles used by a licensee or his or her employees or agents for the transportation of individuals in his or her operations as a farm labor contractor shall have displayed prominently at the entrance of the vehicle the name of the farm labor contractor and the number of his or her license as issued by the Labor Commissioner pursuant to this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 8. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1696.3.
  

Any farm labor contractor or person employed by a farm labor contractor who operates a bus or truck in the transportation of individuals in connection with the business, activities, or operations of a farm labor contractor shall be licensed as required by Section 12519 of the Vehicle Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 209.)

1696.4.
  

(a) All vehicles defined in Section 322 of the Vehicle Code, including those described in Section 1696.3, used by a farm labor contractor for the transportation of individuals in his or her operations as a farm labor contractor, including, but not limited to, vehicles not owned by that contractor, shall be registered with the Labor Commissioner. The registration shall include the name of the owner and driver of the vehicle, and the license number and description of the vehicle. The Labor Commissioner shall require, as a condition of registration, that the farm labor contractor submit evidence showing that the contractor has in effect an insurance policy applicable to the vehicle, as required by Section 1695.

(b) Commencing on April 1, 2000, and quarterly thereafter, the Labor Commissioner shall provide the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol with a list of all vehicles registered pursuant to subdivision (a).

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 556, Sec. 1. Effective September 29, 1999.)

1696.5.
  

Every licensee shall, at the time of each payment of wages, which shall be not less often than once every week as required by Section 205 of this code, furnish each of the workers employed by him or her either as a detachable part of the check, draft, or voucher paying the employee’s wages, or separately, an itemized statement in writing that complies with the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 226 and shows in detail each deduction made from the wages.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 9. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1696.6.
  

(a) No licensee shall recruit or solicit and transport an employee for farmwork unless he has first obtained, either orally or in writing, a bona fide order for such employment.

(b) Any farm labor contractor who recruits or solicits a farmworker without a bona fide order and induces him to be transported to a proposed jobsite and does not then provide employment for him shall pay wages to such farmworker at the agreed rate of pay for the job to which he was being transported and for the elapsed time from the point of departure with return to the same place.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1979.)

1696.8.
  

(a) The director shall establish a Farm Labor Contractor Enforcement Unit. The unit shall develop a program to provide technical assistance to a district attorney’s office that establishes a local farm labor contractor enforcement unit. A local farm labor contractor enforcement unit established pursuant to this section shall, whenever possible, coordinate its enforcement efforts with the Rural Crime Prevention Program in its jurisdiction, if any, established pursuant to Section 14171 of the Penal Code. Any funds appropriated to the department for purposes of this section shall be administered and allocated by the director.

(b) A local farm labor contractor enforcement unit that receives technical assistance pursuant to this section shall concentrate enhanced prosecution efforts and resources on the prosecution of farm labor contractors who violate a state law regulating wages. For purposes of this subdivision, “enhanced prosecution efforts and resources” include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) “Vertical” prosecutorial representation, whereby the prosecutor who makes the initial filing or appearance performs all subsequent court appearances on a particular case through its conclusion, including the sentencing phase.

(2) Assignment of highly qualified investigators and prosecutors to farm labor enforcement cases.

(3) Significant reduction of caseloads for investigators and prosecutors assigned to farm labor enforcement cases.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 157, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1697.
  

(a) Any person who violates this chapter, or who causes or induces another to violate this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both.

(b) Any employee aggrieved by any violation of this chapter, other than acts and conduct also proscribed by Sections 1153, 1154, and 1155, may do all of the following:

(1) Bring a civil action for injunctive relief or damages, or both, against a farm labor contractor or unlicensed farm labor contractor who violates this chapter and, upon prevailing, shall recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, including expert witness fees.

(2) Enforce the liability on the farm labor contractor’s bond.

(c) Any farm labor contractor who engages in farm labor contracting activities after his or her license has been suspended, revoked, or denied reissuance is guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment for not less than six months and not more than one year, or both.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 750, Sec. 10. (SB 1087) Effective January 1, 2015.)

1697.1.
  

(a) No person shall make, or cause to be made, false, fraudulent, or misleading representations that employment in the growing or producing of farm products, or an employee benefit related to that employment, will be jeopardized unless an individual or his or her family members pay a fee or other thing of value for transportation by that person to or from the business or worksite of an employer.

(b) Any person who violates this section, or who causes or induces another to violate this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) and not less than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days, or both.

(c) Any individual claiming to be aggrieved by a violation of this section may bring a civil action for injunctive relief, damages, or both. If the court finds that the defendant has violated this section, it shall award actual damages, plus an amount equal to treble the amount of actual damages, or five hundred dollars ($500) per violation, whichever is greater. The court shall also grant a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

(d) Any other party who, upon information and belief, claims a violation of this section has been committed may bring a civil action for injunctive relief on behalf of the general public and, upon prevailing, shall recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 476, Sec. 1.)

1697.2.
  

Actions brought under this chapter shall be set for trial at the earliest possible date, and shall take precedence over all other cases, except older matters of the same character and matters to which special precedence may be given by law.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1000, Sec. 6.)

1697.3.
  

Upon the final determination of the Labor Commissioner that a grower, a farm labor contractor, or person acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor has failed to pay wages to its employees, the grower, farm labor contractor, or person acting in the capacity of a farm labor contractor shall immediately pay those wages. If payment is not made within 30 days of the final determination, the Labor Commissioner shall forward the matter for consideration of prosecution to the local district attorney’s office.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 157, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1697.5.
  

(a) It is a violation of this chapter for a licensee to do any of the following:

(1) Fail to train an agricultural employee at the time of hire, as required by subparagraph (A) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684.

(2) Fail to provide training in the language understood by the agricultural employee, as required by subparagraph (B) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684.

(3) Fail to provide an agricultural employee with at least the minimum training, as required by subparagraph (C) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684.

(4) Fail to provide an agricultural employee either (A) with a record of his or her training, or (B) a copy of the specified Department of Fair Employment and Housing sexual harassment pamphlet, as required by subparagraph (E) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684.

(5) Provide an agricultural employee with a false record of completion of his or her training, as required by subparagraph (E) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684, when he or she has, in fact, received no training.

(6) Fail to keep a record of training for each agricultural employee who has received training, as required by subparagraph (F) of paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684.

(b) If, upon inspection or investigation, the Labor Commissioner determines that a violation of any of the provisions listed in subdivision (a) has occurred, the Labor Commissioner may issue a citation and assess a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation. In enforcing this section, the Labor Commissioner shall take into consideration whether the violation was inadvertent, and in his or her discretion, may decide not to penalize an employer for a first violation when that violation was due to a clerical error or inadvertent mistake.

(c) The procedures for issuing, contesting, and enforcing judgments for citations or civil penalties issued by the Labor Commissioner for violations of this section shall be the same as those set forth in Section 1197.1.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 92, Sec. 159. (SB 1289) Effective January 1, 2019.)

1698.
  

All fines collected for violations of this chapter shall be paid into the Farmworker Remedial Account and shall be available, upon appropriation, for purposes of this chapter. Of the moneys collected for licenses issued pursuant to this chapter, one hundred fifty dollars ($150) of each annual license fee shall be deposited in the Farmworker Remedial Account pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 1684, three hundred fifty dollars ($350) of each annual license fee shall be expended by the Labor Commissioner to fund the Farm Labor Contractor Enforcement Unit and the Farm Labor Contractor License Verification Unit, both within the department, and the remaining money shall be paid into the Labor Enforcement and Compliance Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 181. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)

1698.1.
  

No licensee shall sell, transfer or give away any interest in or the right to participate in the profits of said licensee’s business without the written consent of the Labor Commissioner. A violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor, and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200) nor more than two thousand dollars ($2,000), or imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or both.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 917, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2001.)

1698.2.
  

No licensee shall knowingly issue a contract for employment containing any term or condition which, if complied with, would be in violation of law, or attempt to fill an order for help to be employed in violation of law.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1505.)

1698.3.
  

No licensee shall accept a fee from any applicant for employment, or send any applicant for employment without having obtained orally or in writing, a bona fide order therefor, and in no case shall such licensee accept, directly or indirectly, a registration fee of any kind.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1505.)

1698.4.
  

No licensee shall send or cause to be sent, any woman or minor under the age of 18 years, as an employee to any house of ill fame, to any house or place of amusement for immoral purpose, to places resorted to for the purposes of prostitution, or to gambling houses, the character of which places the licensee could have ascertained upon reasonable inquiry.

(Amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 271.)

1698.5.
  

No licensee shall send any minor to any saloon or place where intoxicating liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises.

(Amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 579.)

1698.6.
  

No licensee shall knowingly permit any persons of bad character, prostitutes, gamblers, intoxicated persons, or procurers to frequent his premises.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1505.)

1698.7.
  

No licensee shall accept any application for employment made by or on behalf of any child, or shall place or assist in placing any such child in any employment whatever in violation of Part 4 (commencing with Section 1171) of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1505.)

1698.8.
  

No licensee shall divide fees with an employer, an agent or other employee of an employer or person to whom help is furnished.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1505.)

1698.9.
  

A farm labor contractor successor to any predecessor farm labor contractor that owed wages or penalties to a former employee of the predecessor, whether the predecessor was a licensee under this chapter or not, is liable for those wages and penalties, if the successor farm labor contractor meets one or more of the following criteria:

(a) Uses substantially the same facilities or workforce to offer substantially the same services as the predecessor farm labor contractor. A farm labor contractor that has operated with a valid license for at least the preceding three years shall have an affirmative defense to liability under this subdivision for using substantially the same workforce, if all of the following apply:

(1) The individuals in the workforce were not referred or supplied for employment by the predecessor farm labor contractor to the licensed farm labor contractor asserting this defense.

(2) The licensed farm labor contractor asserting the defense has not had any interest in, or connection with, the operation, ownership, management, or control of the business of the predecessor farm labor contractor within the preceding three years.

(3) The licensed farm labor contractor asserting the defense has not been determined to have violated any provision of the Labor Code within the preceding three years.

(b) Shares in the ownership, management, control of the workforce, or interrelations of business operations with the predecessor farm labor contractor.

(c) Employs in a managerial capacity any person who directly or indirectly controlled the wages, hours, or working conditions of the employees owed wages or penalties by the predecessor farm labor contractor.

(d) Is an immediate family member of any owner, partner, officer, licensee, or director of the predecessor farm labor contractor or of any person who had a financial interest in the predecessor farm labor contractor. As used in this section, “immediate family member” means a spouse, parent, sibling, child, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or grandparent.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 715, Sec. 1. (SB 168) Effective January 1, 2014.)

1699.
  

The Labor Commissioner may, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 11371), Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code, adopt, amend, and repeal such rules and regulations as are reasonably necessary for the purpose of enforcing and administering this chapter and as are not inconsistent with this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 125.)

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