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Department of Industrial Relations: Current Events

Julie A. Su, the new Commissioner for the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, has revamped the department's administration and implemented a new strategy to enforce California labor laws through the smarter use of resources and assessments. Key statistics of the Commissioner's changes demonstrate:

Don't Toss That Thermostat!

Starting on July 1, 2013 a new set of rules come into play to tackle the disposal of out-of-service thermostats containing mercury. These rules specifically target C-20 (Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) and C-21 (Building Moving Demolition) license holders as they are seen as key links in the proper disposal of obsolete thermostats.

Contractors should be aware of new EPA lead paint regulations, to be enforced beginning in October 2010

In April 2008 the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a rule requiring contractors renovating certain pre-1978 buildings to use specified practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Non-complaint contracts are subject to fine. The rule took effect on April 22, 2010, although last month a bi-partisan group of legislators persuaded the EPA to delay enforcement until October 2010.

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