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Looking to Hire?

Hiring a worker through the Malibu Community Labor Exchange

can be done one of three ways:

Contact Us

by either calling or emailing:

Phone: (310) 317-4717

Visit Us

during our hours of operation to request or select a worker.


Address: 23595 Civic Center Way



7:00am - 1:00pm

Monday - Saturday


Describe what you're looking for using the form on this page.

Someone from our team will be in touch.

If it's your first time, we suggest you come into our office to meet with our site director.


To hire a worker onsite: 23595 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA

  • Come into the trailer office- we're located next to the Santa Monica College extension campus.

  • Talk with our director to help you choose a worker - translation is available.

  • While in the office, you and the worker decide on mutually agreeable work terms, including:

    • Work, scope, and pay rate,

    • Time, place and transportation.

  • Take or lead the worker to the work site.

  • Pay the worker according to your prearranged terms.

  • Read, complete and return our Worker Evaluation Survey.


To maintain worker safety and wellbeing, hirers please observe the following:

  • Be sure working conditions are safe. 

  • Provide appropriate tools and/or protective clothing and gear for the job.

  • Provide access to drinking water and toilet facilities.

  • For an all day job, hirers generally provide lunch for the worker. For long term jobs, workers generally take their own food.


To hire a worker by phone: (310) 317-4717

  • Call MCLE to discuss your project and needs.

  • We will try to assemble the resources you request.

  • If you leave a message after 1 p.m., someone will return your call the next business day.


To Hire a Worker Online:

  • Please fill out and submit the request form below.


Thank you for choosing the MCLE for your work needs. We are happy to help!


MCLE does not guarantee the performance or skills of the workers.

For further information, please read our FAQ’s and information at the bottom of each web page.


Many MCLE workers have experience with the following:
  • House cleaning

  • Laundry & Ironing

  • Window cleaning

  • Handyman work

  • General labor, such as moving help

  • Yard work, gardening

  • Brush clearance

  • Landscaping


Selecting a worker:

Hirers have the option of choosing specific workers by name; by sight; through interview; or by pulling a name out of a blind lottery. Hirers may decide to choose the same worker for future jobs. Organizers suggest the initial meeting and negotiation take place at the Labor Exchange as there is a bilingual director on site who can assist.


Your responsibilities toward workers:

It is customary to provide drinking water and toilet facilities to workers. Hirers often provide lunch to day workers, however that is not mandatory. Workers should be treated with respect and paid promptly.


What about pay?

Hourly or daily rates are negotiable with individual workers. Pay depends upon the skill level and the individual worker. There are no “set” rates, so it is best to negotiate a rate ahead of time to avoid misunderstandings. If needed, the MCLE Director can offer bilingual help in negotiating with a worker. Tips to workers are always welcome.


To reiterate, it is best to negotiate with the worker at the center, before a job begins.


Many workers prefer cash each day since cashing checks may not be easy to do. And, since many day workers do not have cars, coordinating a meeting to receive payment at a later date can present a great hardship. Please be considerate of the subsistence needs of the typical day laborer.


Who is responsible for worker injuries?

Injuries are very rare, however, hirers can be liable for injuries that occur to someone hired to work on their property.  Injuries might be covered by a homeowners’ insurance plan. Please check your plan. Please do not ask workers to perform dangerous work without proper protection, safeguards and/or tools.



Under federal law, if an employer hires someone for casual domestic work in a private home on a sporadic, irregular or intermittent basis; or if the worker is an independent contractor under federal law, the employer is not required to fill out an I-9 form, the INS form that requests information about worker’s permission to work in the United States.


For additional questions, please visit our FAQs page.

  • Masonry

  • Carpentry

  • Plumbing

  • Electricians

  • Elder care

  • Child care

  • Animal care

  • Home or Restaurant Cooking


The Labor Exchange does not guarantee the implied or stated skills of any worker. As the hiring authority, you have the right and responsibility to verify whether or not the worker’s skill, ability, and performance level is suitable before hiring and/or during his or her contracted work. The Labor Exchange is not an employer or employment agency. Any liability incurred as a result of contracted services is to be resolved between the hirer and worker, and the Labor Exchange expressly disclaims any liability of any kind. It is the sole responsibility of the hirer and worker to manage the work process and to ensure that needs are successfully fulfilled.

Online Work Description Form

Describe what you're looking for and someone from our staff will be in touch.



Though we do our best to monitor submissions of this form, it is better to connect with a worker by visiting the Labor Exchange in person and talking with our staff. Please see above: (How) To Hire A Worker On Site for step by step instructions.

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