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Frequently Asked Questions

A list of our most frequently asked questions are below.

How do I hire workers?

It’s easy. Call us at (213) 483-0136 or simply stop by. We’re located at 1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017. If you call after normal business hours (6:30am–2:30pm, Monday-Friday), leave a message and we’ll get back to you.
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Do I have to make arrangements in advance?

No, you can make arrangements on the spot for general laborers. Just stop by our center and pick up workers. If you need skilled workers (carpenters, painters, concrete workers, etc.), or require workers during non-business hours, it is a good idea to call a few days in advance to make arrangements.

How are workers paid?

Payment should be made in full at the end of the workday or as arranged during negotiations with the worker in our center. Most workers prefer to be paid in cash, but are often willing to accept company checks. Sometimes workers receive a tip in addition to their wages, but this is not required. Workers do not accept personal checks. We have an established process for handling non-payment of wages.

How will the worker get to the job?

Some laborers will rely on you to provide transportation to and from the job, but also they can use public transportation, if it’s possible. Many laborers have their own transportation.

When does the Job Clock start and end?

Workers are paid from the time they begin until they finish the work, but often employers will pay at least one way of travel time. You can discuss that with our staff whether drive time, breaks and lunchtime are to be included or not.

What about food and drink?

You should have water available at all times or make arrangements for the worker to purchase something before leaving for the job. If you have a full workday, be sure to provide break times.

Are Day Laborers trustworthy?

All women and men Day Laborers who are members of the CARECEN Day Labor Center follow Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to insure that the employers get honest, reliable and professional services. All Day Laborers are registered with our center.

To insure employer satisfaction, we have a quality control process that includes a brief evaluation sheet where employers can comment on job performance to encourage future employment of Day Laborers with whom they’ve had a positive experience.

Do Day Laborers speak English?

There are a significant percentage of Day Laborers that speak English. Others speak and understand enough to communicate on the job. Our staff is available to assist in communication during the negotiation process and throughout the job via telephone during business hours.

Do I have to pay the center fees for hiring?

CARECEN Day Labor Center does not charge employers or Day Laborers fees for using our services. As a community labor source, our role is to provide a safe meeting place for Day Laborers and prospective employers.

What should I know about occupational safety?

You are responsible for providing a safe work environment. If you are unsure about what this means, please speak to one of our staff members before hiring a Day Laborer.

What if I have more questions?

Call us at (213) 483-0136 during business hours or email us. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions.