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  • 03 Jul 2018 8:29 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Beginning July 1, all janitorial service providers and contractors are required to register with the state of California on an annual basis. Failure to do so will result in fines, the state’s labor commissioner’s office said.

    The Property Service Workers Protection Act stipulates that every provider of janitorial services with at least one employee and one janitor must register. The law was signed by Gov. Brown in 2016 and went into effect yesterday.

    The development stems from an investigation of alleged wage theft at several Cheesecake Factory locations in Southern California by the labor commissioner’s office. Last month, the state found the company liable for $4.57 million in wage theft.

    According to the new law, all janitorial providers must keep detailed records for three years that include the names and addresses of all employees, the hours worked daily by each employee and wage and hourly rate.

    Businesses can register online or via mail, there is a $500 nonrefundable fee. Registration will be valid for a year after which companies are required to renew for a fee of $500, according to the Labor Commission website.

    Failure to register will result in $100 fine a day, up to $10,000. Companies that hire unregistered janitorial contractors will be cited fines of $2,000 to $10,000.

    More at source: LA Business Journal

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  • 26 Jun 2018 8:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Steven Mote Jr., President of American Osment, said, “Over the past 46 years, we have aimed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our ability to do so will improve going forward under this new partnership. On behalf of the American Osment team, I look forward to growing our customer relationships under the leadership of Bob, Jason, and the Imperial Dade organization.”

    “This acquisition further strengthens Imperial Dade’s position as a leading provider of foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies throughout the Southeast. We will continue to pursue strategic acquisitions and growth opportunities as we strive to become the preeminent national distribution company for foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies,” said Jason Tillis.

    More at source: Daily Times

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  • 20 Jun 2018 9:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    If you come across some funny or interesting bathroom graffiti and would like to be featured on the IJCSA Facebook - send to matthew(at) 

  • 18 Jun 2018 7:58 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Hospitals could unknowingly be putting patients at risk for infection, and the cause might be right under your feet.

    A new study found that the way hospitals clean their floors might actually be spreading bacteria and causing infections.

    More at source: ABC

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  • 13 Jun 2018 8:11 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Cheesecake Factory Restaurants found liable in $4.57m janitorial wage theft case - US-based full-service chain Cheesecake Factory Restaurants has been found liable in a $4.57m wage theft violations case involving 559 janitorial workers. California Labour Commissioner’s Office said the janitors worked at the restaurant chain’s eight locations in Orange and San Diego counties.

    The workers were managed by Magic Touch Commercial Cleaning, which was subcontracted by the Cheesecake Factory’s janitorial contractor Americlean Janitorial Services Corp. As per the citations, Magic Touch owner Zulma Villegas must pay $3.936m to the workers for unpaid minimum wages and overtime, liquidated damages, waiting time penalties and meal and rest period violations. It also includes a fine of $632,750 to be paid for properly itemised pay stubs and other civil penalties. Americlean Janitorial Services is also liable in the case.

    More at source: Verdict Food Service

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  • 12 Jun 2018 10:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Delaware cleaning service fined $1.2M for withholding tax contributions - News outlets cite a Monday announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that says 55-year-old Jeffrey Minner also was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution. The Justice Department said Minner withheld taxes from employees from 2011 through 2016, but failed to pay that money to the Internal Revenue Service.

    Minner operated several janitorial service companies including J.E.M. Enterprises, Inc., Service Master and Advanced Enterprises, Inc

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  • 07 Jun 2018 8:17 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Jail Time For Cleaning Service Owner & Must Pay $460K in Restitution

    The owner of a Southern California janitorial firm was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Victor Vega of Oxnard, owner of Vega Cleaning Service,

    underreported the amount of his payroll and the number of his employees to avoid premiums, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to four felony insurance fraud counts in April. The Ventura County Superior Court placed Vega, 52, on probation for six years and ...

    More at source: Work Comp Central

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  • 31 May 2018 10:17 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    SEIU wins victory for janitorial workers at Express Scripts In an important victory for St. Louis union organizations, janitors at Express Scripts won a new deal with the company after joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

    SEIU wins victory for janitorial workers at Express Scripts

    Janitors working at the pharmaceutical company’s St. Louis headquarters will now be contracted out to a new agency, starting when the employees become union members on June 1. The contractor that currently employs them, Centaur Building Services, was criticized by the janitors for offering low wages and overly expensive health insurance.

    More at source: St. Louis American

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  • 24 May 2018 8:01 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In his 2017 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state would require manufacturers of household cleaning products to disclose chemical ingredients on their websites. Several months later, on April 25, 2017 (coinciding with Earth Week), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) took a major step toward that end when it released the “Draft 2017 Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program. 

    As of this writing, however, the NYSDEC has not yet finalized its program or the disclosure form. In fact, Newsday reported in mid-April that Basil Seggos, the NYSDEC commissioner, said that the NYSDEC was in the process of incorporating the 864 comments it received on the proposal and that he was “not concerned whatsoever” ... 

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