The Fair Workplace Collaborative
The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement's mission to extend worker protections across the County, increase the effectiveness of existing County and local protections, and help Santa Clara County be a national leader in addressing labor abuses is of critical importance to advancing the economic and social well-being of the County as a whole. According to national studies, the average low-wage worker lose approximately $2,634--or 15% of their earnings--each year because of wage theft. The majority of these wages were stolen by failing to pay minimum wage or overtime, failing to provide breaks, and requiring unpaid, off-the-clock work.
OLSE's organizational partners that comprise the Fair Workplace Collaborative understands these challenges and is deeply committed to OLSE's efforts to provide and support workers' rights education and compliance information for business owners through its Labor Standards Outreach and Education Initiative. The Collaborative has designed a community-based outreach and education model that relies upon deep organizational relationships in communities of workers which are disproportionately represented within high-risk industries, a pro-bono legal partner comprised of the leading workers' rights law practitioners in Santa Clara County, and business partners with capacity to serve small and minority-owned businesses.
The following organizations are members of the Fair Workplace Collaborative who implement OLSE's Labor Standards Outreach and Education Initiative by serving as resources for workers and businesses:
Working Partnerships USA
Based in Silicon Valley, Working Partnerships USA tackles the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and a vibrant democracy.
We are a community organization that brings together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern.
Working Partnerships USA serves as the Fair Workplace Collaborative coordinator, and will also provide the following services in English and Spanish: labor and workplace rights trainings for workers, referrals to safety net and other appropriate services (including assistance with filing claims and referrals to resources, legal specialists, and victims' service providers).
Enterprise Foundation/Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center
Dennis King: (408) 248-4800
The Enterprise Foundation offers a wide variety of programs and services for present and potential small business owners. Our services include no-charge expert counseling, low cost training, information resources, events and seminars to the greater Silicon Valley community.
As a member of the Fair Workplace Collaborative, our team is dedicated to providing current up to date outreach and education services to employers to help them understand their responsibilities with respect to compliance and fair and equitable compensation and HR business practices.
Services are offered in English and Spanish.
Silicon Valley Latinx Chamber of Commerce
1652 Alum Rock Avenue, Suite B San Jose, CA 95116
LatinX Business Council of Silicon Valley is powered by The Alum Rock Santa Clara Street Business Association (ARSCSBA). ARSCSBA was formed in 2015 with the objective of fulfilling three primary functions:
- Small Business advocacy, to encourage business and professional people to work together in a planned manner with both the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara to advance the economic well-being of the community;
- Center of dissemination of information and to provide an avenue for promoting the small business in our business district. To serve as a resource for the family owned small business with an emphasis on culturally sensitive to the immigrant and ethnic communities in our membership and beyond.
- To provide an avenue for promotion for the Alum Rock- East Santa Clara Street Business Corridor, small family owned businesses and the LatinX Business community.
In response to the overwhelming need for advocacy of LatinX/Hispanic businesses in Santa Clara County, the LatinX business council of Silicon Valley was organized in 2019 as an extension of the mission and vision of ARSCSBA that could serve beyond the ARSCSBA boundaries.