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California firms warned over 'Labor Compliance Office' scam

September 16 2013

A warning went out to firms in California over demands for payment being sent by a company that bills itself as the “Labor Compliance Office.” The California Department of Industrial Relations issued the warning on Friday.

“This group is not authorized by the state of California to issue citations or charge fees on our behalf,” said Department Director Christine Baker. “Workplace postings can be downloaded from our website at no charge.”

Notices sent by the Los Angeles-based company seek payment of a $275 processing fee for labor-related postings. However, The “Labor Compliance Office” is not a government agency and not affiliated with the Labor Commissioner’s office, which is also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

"It’s a scam when an entity adopts a name meant to suggest some legitimate authority, and tries to cheat employers out of their hard-earned money,” said Labor Commissioner Julie Su. “All of our deputies clearly identify themselves and carry their business cards. We do not collect money for citations or violations on the spot, and there is no charge for any materials we require to be posted in the workplace.”

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Steve Taylor 12/09/2013 06:59 pm

I am a WA state LLC and recieved it as well. It looks so very official but didn't quite smell right! I believe many will send the money w/o even thinking about it as it has a tone of *required compliance* or the big bad government agents will get ya! Someone needs to shut these ppl down!


Jennifer Kennett 12/09/2013 04:01 pm

My business in WA just received one of these letters! I reported them to the BBB. VERY deceptive letter - it freaked me out until I read it carefully.


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Elizabeth D. Boepple 12/07/2013 01:45 am

This scam has begun sending the same "notices" to AZ businesses. I sent a letter of complaint, not money, but it was returned to sender: they apparently are not at the address on the scam letter. Maybe they're on the run?


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