"The efforts and results of the CEP and JESF demonstrate the value of state agencies working together to fight against the underground economy. We are encouraged by these programs, as well as the Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) that the Department of Industrial Relations began earlier this year," said Diede. "These programs are making inroads into the non-compliance problem, which is causing havoc in the construction industry; but, we need to see more ongoing efforts like these if we are truly going to level the playing field for California's businesses."California isn't alone in recognizing the value of coordinated and concentrated efforts to break down the barriers for efficient and effective identification and elimination of cheating activities. Other states, such as Florida and North Carolina, are following California's lead in launching taskforces and enforcement efforts, like CEP, to curtail the division in the business community where those who play by the rules and abide by the law are disadvantaged in competing against those who skirt the law. According to recent media reports, a task force of North Carolina state leaders "renewed promises to break down barriers that keep them from spotting and cracking down on business owners who skimp on taxes and workers' compensation insurance."
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