News Stories on Fighting the Underground Economy

The underground economy presents a major problem for businesses and workers alike. Businesses that follow the laws and regulations face higher operating costs than those that cut corners on taxes, labor, wage and safety laws, and licensing and insurance requirements.

Workers who become employed with non-compliant, underground businesses suffer. They do not receive benefits like Unemployment Insurance or Disability Insurance. Their income is not reported, so these workers and their families will not be eligible for Social Security credits.

The Joint Enforcement Strike Force (JESF) is a partnership of California enforcement agencies that work with local and federal agencies to combat the underground economy and promote a level playing field for California businesses.

As our agencies work together to fight underground economic activity in California, we will provide articles and news stories as they are released.

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