Sacramento – The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) applauds the California Department of Insurance (DIR) for leading a multi-agency task force to eradicate California’s underground economy where deceitful contractors thrive by violating state laws for personal gain. According to DIR’s recent release, more than 100 detectives and investigators from state agencies and local district attorney offices participated in the sweep “across major metropolitan areas” of approximately 100 businesses, which rendered more than 60 citations and six work stop-orders. Violations ranged from lack of valid contractor’s licenses and workers’ compensation insurance to serious safety transgressions.
The following comments can be attributed to David Murillo, Deputy Executive Director, CALPASC:
“California’s law-abiding contractors are gratified by DIR’s lead and the multi-agency efforts to crack down on the underground economy.
“This sweep complements the work of the Joint Enforcement Strike Force and the Labor Enforcement Task Force, which are joint endeavors among state government agencies to combat unfair business practices.
“And, the intent of the Construction Enforcement Coalition (CEC), which is to support interagency cooperation in search of serial violators, is borne out through the sweep to nab illegitimate contractors who, through their practices, promote unfair business competition.
“CALPASC members and CEC partners will be meeting with their legislators on June 17 to urge their continued support in fighting the construction underground economy as well as the coordinated work of state agencies to ensure the Commissioner’s words of ‘leveling the playing’ field aren’t in vain.”
### CONTACT: Bruce Wick Director of Risk Management, CALPASC 909-793-9932