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Important Reminders For Your Business

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New Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2016

California Minimum Wage…

  • Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is $10.00 per hour.
  • Note: Local government can set local wage requirements. For example, the City of Los Angeles has approved a minimum wage of $10.50 effective July 1, 2016. ACRI members are encouraged to contact local city or county governments regarding local wage laws.

Helpful Reminders…

  • Workplace Posting Obligations: The Department of Industrial Relations requires employers to post information related to wages, hours and working conditions in an area frequented by employees. For a list of available safety and health postings, visit www.dir.ca.gov.
  • Rest Periods: Employers are required to allow nonexempt employees to take rest periods, providing the employee works a shift longer than three and one-half hours. Ten minutes of break time for each four hour work period is required.
  • Restrooms: Employers must provide hand washing facilities at or adjacent to toilet facilities. When there are less than five employees, separate toilet rooms for each sex are not required as long as they can lock from the inside. The number of required toilets varies based on the number of employees. For example 1-15 employees require one restroom, 16-35 require two, 36-55 require 3, etc.
  • Overtime Pay: Employees shall not be employed more than 8 hours in any workday or more than 40 hours in any workweek unless they receive 1 ½ times their regular rate for all hours worked over 8 hours in any workday and over 40 hours in the workweek. Eight hours constitutes a day's work, and beyond 8 hours in any workday or more than six days in any workweek is permissible if the employee is compensated at not less than:
    • One and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 8 hours up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the 8 eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek; and
    • Double the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 12 hours in any workday and for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.

For Additional Information Contact…

Cal OSHA District Offices                

Los Angeles   (213) 576-7451

Santa Ana     (714) 558-4451

Long Beach   (562) 506-0810

Van Nuys      (818) 901-5403

West Covina  (626) 472-0046


This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

For more information from ACRI contact Melinda Andrade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Message from the President

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Dear ACRI members,

I wanted to give you a quick update regarding ACRI’s effort to help reduce congestion, particularly related to the exporting of materials, at the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  On Tuesday, I along with several ACRI Board members met with the Chief of Staff to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the lack of transparency in the Pier Pass program. The Mayor’s office shared our concerns and indicated the lack of transparency is an issue that is impacting a growing number of stakeholders.

Next week we’ll be meeting with Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the Port of Los Angeles.

In closing, thank you to everyone who recently sent letters to elected officials on this issue.  Your letters had a huge impact.

I will continue to keep you updated as we work to address congestion at our Ports.

Brett Jones

City Fibers

2015 ACRI President

Recycling Leaders Support California’s Latest Fraud Enforcement Efforts

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Recycling Leaders Support California’s Latest Fraud Enforcement Efforts

CalRecycle Efforts to Protect Consumer Deposits Earns Recycling Leaders Support

San Gabriel, Calif., November 2, 2015 – Today the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) contacted the Director of California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to express its appreciation for the department’s latest effort to combat fraud.  Recently CalRecycle enlisted the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to help protect California’s Beverage Container Recycling Fund.

“Each year consumers deposit over one billion dollars into a state-regulated fund when they purchase a qualifying beverage. At the end of the day, consumers are trusting their deposits will be protected and available for redemption. The recent law enforcement efforts taken by CalRecycle will go a long way to ensuring those funds are available for their intended purposes and those who are responsible for fraud are held accountable,” said Brett Jones, ACRI President.

CalRecycle recently announced the CHP arrested three truck drivers who were hauling used beverage containers into California with the intent to commit fraud against the state’s beverage container program.  In each instance, the truck was impounded and the suspect was arrested on charges of felony recycling fraud and attempted grand theft.  Only beverage containers that are purchased in California are required to pay the deposit, therefore making them eligible to receive a monetary refund.

“California is just one of several states to collect a deposit on aluminum and other types of recyclable beverage containers. Because so many used cans and bottles can be smuggled into a truck, when those containers make it into the system they can quickly drain the account. We appreciate the latest enforcement efforts by CalRecycle and CHP, and hopefully these arrests and others will send a strong message when it comes to protecting California consumers from fraud,” said Brett Jones.

Since 1987 California consumers have been required to pay a refundable deposit when purchasing certain beverage containers.  Consumers currently are required to pay $.05 for each qualifying container which holds less than 24 ounces, and $.10 for containers that exceeds 24 ounces. Over 18 billion containers are recycled in California each year.

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

FMC Requests Additional Information from OAKMTOA

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Federal Maritime Commission Requests Additional Information from Oakland MTO Agreement


The Federal Maritime Commission voted unanimously to issue a request for additional information to the parties of the Oakland MTO Agreement, an agreement among five container terminals at the Port of Oakland, concerning an Amendment to the agreement that would authorize an off-peak hours program.


For more information on this matter, please visit: www.fmc.gov/NR15-14/?CategoryID=1


Press Statement

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San Gabriel, Calif., February 23, 2015 – Today, Brett Jones, the President of the Association of California Recycling Industries released the following statement.

“On behalf of the thousands of men and women employed in the recycling industry in California, I want to congratulate and commend the ILWU and PMA on reaching a tentative agreement.  Their agreement is critical to ensuring that our economy can continue to move forward and our state is able keep its commitment to recycling.  We look forward to working with both parties as our world-class ports once again begin meeting the import and export demands of California.”

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

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