DIR Responds to CFLCA on FLC Licensing Issues
On Monday, October 5, Lupe Sandoval and Peter Nissen from CFLCA, and Farm Bureau, CAWG and Wine Institute representatives continued a series of meetings with Dept. of Industrial Relations (DIR), which oversees the Dept. of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and FLC licensing department.
The meeting included DIR Chief Christine Baker, and DLSE Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner, Lucia Ceja among others. DIR and DLSE representatives responded with a written report and to our ongoing concerns on FLC licensing issues. For a copy of the written response, please click here.
The response included:
- DLSE now makes available the on-line FLC licensing page in Spanish at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSE/FLCsp.htm
- Application process has been improved and streamlined:
- County CAC registration requirement satisfied with proof of application or completed registration.
- IRS clearance requirement eliminated.
- DLSE application reviewers can now access WCIRB database to confirm workers comp coverage.
- Printable FLC license application guide posted at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/step-by-step-instructions.pdf
- FLC Licensing Consulting available at Fresno DLSE office, beginning Friday Oct. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., including DOL registration information. For additional information, please click here.
- DIR call center will respond to questions on FLC license issues. Callers to DLSE licensing department should leave: Name, Phone Number, and FLC License Number. DLSE has committed to responding to calls within 48 hours.
- FLC pass rates on the revised test have declined significantly in 2015. The fail rate has been particularly high for the Spanish exam. The tests in English and Spanish have been revised and pass rates are improving. Test questions continue to be reviewed for clarity.
- DLSE has set a goal to have all FLC license applications processed and reviewed within 45 days. On-line applications are reviewed within 30 days.
- FLC license verification printed from https://permits.dir.ca.gov/FLC_External/CreateVerificationSearchForm.do are accepted as substitute for actual FLC license.
- DLSE will continue to provide access to more FLC licensing information and resources in Spanish on their webpage.
- DIR/DLSE will expand efforts to partner with groups such as CFLCA to increase educational outreach to FLCs.
- FLCs and/or their agents should only submit completed applications with bona-fide documents for their license renewals. Up to 90% of applications submitted include defects that delay the entire licensing process for others.
- CFLCA and others will continue to monitor the status of the 4'x4' sign posting regulation to determine if we should seek changes to the regulation.
CFLCA wishes to thank DIR Chief, Christine Baker, Lucia Ceja, DLSE Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner, Benjamin Ebbink, Chief Consultant to the California Assembly Labor Committee, and the staff of Assemblyman Roger Hernandez for their efforts to address the concerns raised by CFLCA and others. The meetings will continue as we monitor issues impacting FLC licensing.