Labor & Ethics Policy, HR 300
Yreka, California - February 16, 2017
Labor and Employment
Nor-Cal Products is committed to providing a work environment that upholds the human rights of employees and assures all workers are treated with dignity and respect. We regard the same level of such treatment from all of our suppliers, vendors and other service providers. We are an equal opportunity business whose practice is conducted within the range of our local Human Resources’ policies and the policies outlined by the Responsible Business Alliance (formerly the EICC) through the Responsible Business Alliance’s Code of Conduct.
In addition, Nor-Cal Products is committed to conducting business in an honest and professional manner in compliance with all government laws, rules and regulations and immediate reporting of any potential code violations. We will regularly review our code to add, remove or amend our regulations as required.
Nor-Cal Products strives to provide a positive environment with open communication to all workers to fulfill goals set by the company and or individual workers. To ensure our compliance with this policy Nor-Cal will conduct surveys, reviews and corrective actions, when appropriate, to better the environment of all our employees, suppliers, vendors and service providers.
Nor-Cal Products Labor Standards:
Freely Chosen Employment
All work shall be voluntary, and workers shall not be required to hand over government-issued identification, passports or work permits as a condition of employment. In addition, workers shall not be required to pay employers’ or agents’ recruitment fees or any other related fees for employment.
Child Labor Avoidance
Child labor is not to be used in any stage of manufacturing. The term “child” refers to any person under the minimum age for employment in the country or under the age for completing compulsory education. The use of legitimate workplace internship programs that comply with all laws and regulations are supported. In addition, any work that could jeopardize the health or safety of workers under the age of 18 shall not be permitted.
In order to assure workers are not strained or subjected to injury or illness, work weeks are not to exceed the maximum set by local law. Nor-Cal Products will monitor overtime and take appropriate action to address instances deemed excessive. Additionally a workweek is not to exceed 60 hours per week, including overtime, unless in emergency or unusual circumstances. Furthermore, all workers are permitted at least one day off per seven days.
Wages and Benefits
The basis on which workers are to be paid is required in a timely manner via pay stub or similar documentation. Compensation paid to workers shall comply with all applicable wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits. Wage deductions as a disciplinary measure will not be permitted.
Any harsh or inhumane treatment, including sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, or verbal abuse of employees, will not be tolerated; nor is there to be threatening of such treatment. Disciplinary policies shall be clearly defined and communicated to all staff.
Nor-Cal Products is committed to a workforce free of harassment and unlawful discrimination, therefore companies shall not engage in discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, union membership or marital status in hiring and in employment practices. Workers or potential workers are not to be subjected to physical exams or medical tests that could be used in a discriminatory way.
Freedom of Association
In accordance with local law, the rights of workers to associate freely, join or not join labor unions, seek representation, and join workers’ organizations shall be respected. Workers and management shall have an open communication to share grievances regarding working conditions and management practices without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment.
Intellectual property rights are to be respected, and customer information safeguarded. The transfer of technology and know-how is to be done in an appropriate manner that protects intellectual property rights.