Happy National High Five Day, East Bay. Herewith, stories you shouldn’t miss.
1) Governor Jerry Brown intends to crack down on the various state agencies that’ve apparently failed to collect millions of dollars in worker debt in recent years. According to an audit released last year by State Controller John Chiang, some eleven agencies have failed to follow up on about $13.3 million that workers owe the state from salary and travel advances. Brown condemned the agencies’ shoddy bookkeeping and mandated that agencies clear all debts within 30 days in a statement released yesterday.
2) A new report by the US Energy Department finds that Berkeley’s Lawrence Livermore Labs allowed some of its subcontractors to hire employees with invalid documentation, according to the Associated Press. Inspectors apparently found that of the 236 I-9s they inspected, some 32 employees weren’t authorized to work in the U.S., and many were using dead people’s Social Security numbers — a security risk as well as an employment- and immigration-law violation. A lab spokesman corroborated the Energy Department’s findings and said the lab intends to provide more oversight for subcontractors.