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A hazmat suit and respirator is what Jared Herbert typically wears to work. If passersby ask what he is working on, he tells them he’s just cleaning a house. Or taking care of a residential chemical contamination.
He never gives the real reason why his cleaning crew travels in unmarked vans to rip out carpet, scrub air ducts or load furniture into a dumpster.
“We keep it as discreet as we can,” he explained. “You want to know that someone has meth in your neighborhood, but you also don’t want to know, you know?”
Herbert works as a foreman for Meth Mob, a local Provo decontamination company focused on cleaning “meth houses.” He travels across the state to clean all kinds of houses who report having high measures of meth contamination. His crew and asbestos-cleaning crews wear the same garb.
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Beginning July 1, all janitorial service providers and contractors are required to register with the state of California on an annual basis. Failure to do so will result in fines, the state’s labor commissioner’s office said.
The Property Service Workers Protection Act stipulates that every provider of janitorial services with at least one employee and one janitor must register. The law was signed by Gov. Brown in 2016 and went into effect yesterday.
The development stems from an investigation of alleged wage theft at several Cheesecake Factory locations in Southern California by the labor commissioner’s office. Last month, the state found the company liable for $4.57 million in wage theft.
According to the new law, all janitorial providers must keep detailed records for three years that include the names and addresses of all employees, the hours worked daily by each employee and wage and hourly rate.
Businesses can register online or via mail, there is a $500 nonrefundable fee. Registration will be valid for a year after which companies are required to renew for a fee of $500, according to the Labor Commission website.
Failure to register will result in $100 fine a day, up to $10,000. Companies that hire unregistered janitorial contractors will be cited fines of $2,000 to $10,000.
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Steven Mote Jr., President of American Osment, said, “Over the past 46 years, we have aimed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our ability to do so will improve going forward under this new partnership. On behalf of the American Osment team, I look forward to growing our customer relationships under the leadership of Bob, Jason, and the Imperial Dade organization.”
“This acquisition further strengthens Imperial Dade’s position as a leading provider of foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies throughout the Southeast. We will continue to pursue strategic acquisitions and growth opportunities as we strive to become the preeminent national distribution company for foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies,” said Jason Tillis.
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Hospitals could unknowingly be putting patients at risk for infection, and the cause might be right under your feet.
A new study found that the way hospitals clean their floors might actually be spreading bacteria and causing infections.
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The workers were managed by Magic Touch Commercial Cleaning, which was subcontracted by the Cheesecake Factory’s janitorial contractor Americlean Janitorial Services Corp. As per the citations, Magic Touch owner Zulma Villegas must pay $3.936m to the workers for unpaid minimum wages and overtime, liquidated damages, waiting time penalties and meal and rest period violations. It also includes a fine of $632,750 to be paid for properly itemised pay stubs and other civil penalties. Americlean Janitorial Services is also liable in the case.
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