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IWC 05 - Public Housekeeping Industry

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“Public Housekeeping Industry” means any industry, business, or establishment, which provides meals, housing, or maintenance, services whether operated as a primary business or when incidental to other operations in an establishment not covered by an industry order of the Commission, and includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, bars, cocktail lounges, lunch counters, cafeterias, boarding houses, clubs, and all similar establishments where food in either solid or liquid form is prepared and served to be consumed on the premises;
  2. Catering, banquet, box lunch service, and similar establishments, which prepare food for consumption on or off the premises;
  3. Hotel, motels, apartment houses, rooming houses, camps, clubs, trailer parks, office or loft buildings, and similar establishments offering rental of living, business or commercial quarters;
  4. Hospitals, sanitariums, rest homes, child nurseries, child care institutions, homes for the aged, and similar establishments offering board or lodging in additional to medical, surgical, nursing, convalescent, aged or child care.
  5. Private schools, colleges, or universities, and similar establishments which provide board or lodging in addition to educational facilities;
  6. Establishments contracting for development, maintenance or cleaning of grounds; maintenance or cleaning of facilities and/or quarters of commercial units and living units; and
  7. Establishments providing veterinary or other animal care services.


  • Apartment houses
  • Bakeries, with tables for patrons’ use
  • Banquet service
  • Bars
  • Boarding and care homes for the aged
  • Boarding houses
  • Box lunch services
  • Cafeterias
  • Camps, day
  • Camps, organized
  • Catering service
  • Childcare institutions
  • Child nurseries
  • Cleaning of facilities, grounds, commercial units, living units
  • Cocktail lounges
  • Colleges, private with board or lodging
  • Commissaries
  • Convalescent hospitals
  • Cookhouses in lumber camps
  • Day camps
  • Day care centers that provide board or lodging
  • Development of grounds
  • Donut shops, with tables for patrons’ use (if no tables are provided for patrons’ use, see Order 7)
  • Drinking places
  • Dude ranch
  • Eating-places
  • Farm labor camps with board or lodging
  • Fraternity houses
  • Homes for the aged
  • Hospitals, including convalescent
  • Hotels
  • Ice cream store, with tables for patrons’ use
  • Janitorial service
  • Landscaping (except initial earth moving and cement work, see Order 16)

The Industrial Welfare Commission was established to regulate wages, hours and working conditions in California. IWC wage orders must be posted by all employers in an area frequented by employees, where they may be easily read during the workday.