Kind of off topic but pertaining to employment law, Yahoo posted an article today about five reasons one can be fired for lifestyle choices, leaving one without recourse. All states except Montana and Arizona are “at will” states. At will means someone can be fired for no reason at all.
Ellen (thank you!) sent me the study materials used to prepare for the California garment manufacturer’s licensing exam. I’m not linking to her in case she wasn’t supposed to do that. Having had time to look over the information, I don’t know why they don’t post it to their website. This would save paper and educate lots of people about labor law in general. I realize state laws vary but if someone wanted an orientation to labor law while in the research process of considering the responsibilities of hiring, this would be a good start (California is picky). Ellen also put an asterisk on the materials she says from where the exam questions were taken. It is because I adore you and want you to start your enterprises with the utmost integrity that I won’t tell you which these were.
The first booklet (blue cover) is thirty pages and printed in six point font making for difficult reading. It is comprised of excerpts of The laws relating to the time, manner and payment of wages. Two pages are a useful FAQ cross referencing questions to the pertinent section of law. This is also on the web and while it’s prettier, cleaner and easier to read, it’s not question guided from the main page, something I liked in the booklet.
I wouldn’t think you’d need to memorize this section but you should read it and probably first. Information from this booklet is reiterated in the other materials so the sections you’re most likely to be tested on, will be reinforced. Repetition is the key. After you’re done reading all the material and you notice something has been repeated three or four times, I’d think that’s something you’ll find on the exam. I don’t have the exam so I wouldn’t know, this is basic test psychology.
The second booklet (both are 5.5″ x 8.5″) has a white cover and is titled Rules and Regulations Garment Manufacturing Industry. This one is in 10 pt. font and is 54 pages long. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have a table of contents, it just dives right in so read up. At a casual glance, I see that if you don’t have a license, the state of California will also confiscate garments, inputs and the means of production (machines etc) as NJ and NY do. It’s my understanding they do this as a last resort. Make no mistake, they will lock you out but they’ll give you the chance to get legal before resorting to confiscation. You should find a place to keep this little booklet handy. It details your rights under the law, possible penalties and procedures.
On page 34, I find a fee schedule. Contractors with under $100,000 in receipts pay $250. For up to half a million in receipts, it’s $350 and so on (four levels). I didn’t know they had a sliding scale. For manufacturers (you, yes, you) the $750 is for sales under half a million. For half a million up to three million, it’s $1,000. There’s four levels of fees, the highest fee being $2,500 for over seven million in receipts. This is gross receipts in case you wonder.
The third, fourth and fifth sections of materials are 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper stapled together. The first is Study Materials for Occupational Safety and Health Examination. This is four and a half single sided pages, so it’s not much reading. This does however, sport that six point font the state of California seems to be so fond of.
The fourth piece is Workplace Injury & Illness Prevention Program for non-high hazard employers. Somebody must have hired a graphic artist for this one, it’s sporting eight point sans serif font. Oh my; it’s as though they gone out of their way to employ strategies designed to slow your reading speed.This one is nine pages long, the first four are a checklist (mostly), the last four are forms. Forms are always handy. The first three forms will provide guidance as to how an inspector will review your workplace. One form is for record keeping for you to track worker safety training. Nifty. I imagine that’s best done during orientation. The very last page is a flyer for the Cal/OSHA Consultation Program, listing satellite offices and phone numbers.
The last piece of edu materials is SUMMARY of Some Basic California and Federal Employment Requirements for GARMENT INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS. This one is 27 single sided pages with 12 point font but don’t get too excited about being able to read this one just yet. I don’t know what font this is (Bookman Old Style?) but the kerning between characters leaves much to be desired considering these paragraphs aren’t justified. Complain complain, I know but I have to have some fun with this. There’s plenty of white space but the 3/8″ margins (really!) cause you to scan from side to side more than humans are used to doing while reading so you can lose your place finding the next line.
The summary has a nicely organized table of contents (with multi-layer headings) with page numbers. It is strictly as advertised, a summary of all the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to garment manufacturing. Each topic is addressed succinctly with citation and source for further information directly underneath. These sources are found in either of the two booklets or on the DSLE website. I think you could use this last piece as a pre-test for the exam as it seems to be quite comprehensive.
Hope this material was helpful in reducing any lingering text anxiety out there. You may also wish to review these previous entries:
- California Garment License for Out of State Companies
- Apparel manufacturing in California
- Apparel Manufacturing in New York
- Apparel Manufacturing in New Jersey