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Nov 21, 2003 - 04:15 PM
Terminating The Labor Rights Manual Linkby Jamie Court
Labor rights advocates have been scratching their heads at the case of the vanishing Internet manual for "Enforcement Policies and Interpretations" at the website of the Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Rights Standard Enforcement.
Since taking office, Arnold has cleaned his virtual house of the hundreds of pages posted as a practical guide for enforcing labor code violations. The manual included sample letters from attorneys and the public on how workers could deal practically with labor violations. It answered questions like "if a bus driver ends his work day 50 miles from where he began how much is the employer required to pay?"
Being pro-business is one thing. Taking away the public's ability to know how labor laws work is a bit Orwellian for a governor who pledged at his inaugural that he would be "bringing openness and full disclosure to public business."
Arnold, bring back the labor manual and let the public know air-brushing labor rights out of your administration was an html error not a purge.
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