AMST101 Behind The Label ch8,9 - Chapter 8 Government...

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Chapter 8: Government Enforcement The apparel industry in Los Angeles faces either the reversion to sweatshop labor or the outsourcing of labor. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement under the Department of Labor’s Targeted Industries Partnership Program seeks to maintain proper minimum wage and satisfactory working conditions for workers, but simultaneously keep production in Los Angeles. The DLSE tried at first to punish employers that underpaid workers, through fines, seizure of goods, and prosecution. This approach was ineffective and required too much effort. They needed to erase the incentive to contract to illegal operators. Joint Liability Legislation made the retailer and manufacturer also responsible for wrongs to workers because they owned the goods throughout production, and had a duty to uphold basic standards. The industry resisted because they feared overregulation. The DSLE also restricted “hot goods” from leaving the state until wages were paid.
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