Make sure that you have all necessary permits for employee housing. California’s employee housing act requires employers with five or more employees to obtain a permit from their local housing authorities. “Dairies are exempt from the permit; however, they must file for the exemption,” says Raimondo. “If you haven’t applied for the exemption, you are breaking the law.”
It’s important to make sure your housing is up to code. “I’ve seen very good housing and embarrassingly bad housing,” notes Raimondo. “Those with an agenda against the dairy industry could use images of substandard housing like animal-rights activists have used footage of practices like tail docking to smear the industry.”
Employee housing has not been the centerpiece of a lawsuit yet, but it is only a matter of time before employee housing becomes the focal point of lawsuits, notes Raimondo. Housing could also be used as a tool by the unions to drive a wedge between employees and employers.