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Don't Let Your Cleaning Contractor Break These Labor Laws

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

12-February 2021

Contract Services Group is committed to ensuring workers are treated fairly and that all of our clients, competitors, and industry partners are aware of these ever-changing laws to ensure that they do not accidently break any laws.

Labor Laws, especially in California can be quite complex and the legal implications for not following these laws can extend well beyond the contractor and to the property. The past few years we have seen many changes in labor laws, especially around minimum wage, sick pay accrual, and health care benefits. California current minimum wage for employers with more than 25 employees is $14/hour. 35 of the state’s cities have minimum wages above the state rate, all which vary slightly. In addition, various cities also have different sick pay accrual and use laws. The list below is by no means comprehensive but a starting point to see if you and all your partners are within the general guidelines.

The two most common ways janitorial contractors can break the law is through wage theft or sub-contracting. Sub-contracting a primary line of business, is illegal in California. For example, as a janitorial provider, we (CSG) cannot sub-contract out the cleaning of a facility to another janitorial company. We can however sub-contract IT work. IT is not our core business and we don’t claim it to be, so we hire an IT sub-contractor whom ensures that our offices, and time keeping systems are all running smoothly. Our IT is even trained to interact with our clients whenever we install time clocks at facilities to ensure they have the best internet connection possible.

In regards to wage theft, there are three basic ways in which it can occur. The first is the contractor pays less than minimum wage to their employees. The second is that the contract does not pay the employee for all the hours they worked, including overtime pay. The third way this can occur is if the contractor does not allow their employees to take rest breaks or lunch breaks. Both of which are required by Federal law. The best way to vet these practices for a current contractor is to simply stay late one night and speak to the employees. Ask them how they are treated, if they are allowed to take breaks, and believe they are being paid the correct amount.

If you believe someone is breaking the law of wage theft, please visit to file a claim.

California Minimum Wage and Sick Accrual Reference, 2021


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About Contract Services Group, Inc.

Contract Services Group, Inc. provides commercial janitorial, window cleaning, and window washing systems. CSG’s online presence is located at

CSG provides janitorial and window cleaning services throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona.

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