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Is your solar project a public work requiring payment of prevailing wages?

Jun 25, 2024

California owners, contractors and workers may not be aware of a new law that designates commercial solar projects “public works” requiring payment of “prevailing wages.”   Under the new law effective January 1, 2024 commercial solar projects in California that are non-residential net energy metered (NEM) solar projects over 15 kW […]

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Oil Relocation Work at Port of Long Beach for Pier B Rail Project is Public Work Requiring Payment of Prevailing Wages

Jun 25, 2024

In November 2023 the Port of Long Beach announced that after more than 15 years of planning, the Port of Long Beach is going out to bid in early 2024 for its first construction contract to begin building the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. The $1.567 billion state-of-the-art facility […]

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Inside Wireman vs Lighting Maintenance – what is the proper prevailing wage rate?

Aug 6, 2022

With the efficiencies and benefits of advances in lighting technology, including LED fixtures and lightbulbs, we’ve seen a big increase in projects that retrofit old energy inefficient lighting with new energy efficient lighting. Often these projects require new fixtures, new ballasts, rewiring and new lightbulbs. When these projects include schools […]

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California Energy Modernization, Proposition 39 and Prevailing Wage: What You Need to Know

Mar 25, 2020

Many California energy modernization projects are state funded  and must follow prevailing wage law. These projects improve efficiency in K-12 schools, colleges and universities and are the direct result of popular support for Proposition 39: the California Clean Energy Jobs Act. California Clean Energy Jobs Impact Passed in 2010, proposition […]

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Court Certifies Class Action Against Helix Electric, Inc. for Unlawful Business Practices, including Non-Payment of Prevailing Wages on a Public Works Project

Jan 24, 2020

In December 2019, the California Superior Court certified a class action brought on behalf of more than 200 workers employed by Helix Electric, Inc. on the Stockton Prison Project, a public works project. The workers allege that Helix engaged in unlawful business practices by failing to pay for all hours […]

Wawa ESOP Suit Parties Come to Terms

Jan 6, 2020

The parties in the case, which had a June 9, 2020 trial date set, say that, “in an effort to expedite the resolution of this case, the Parties agreed to the terms of a settlement in principle among themselves and separately agreed to a 90-day period for Defendants to secure […]

Prevailing Wage Extends to Private Construction

Prevailing wage requirements expanded to private construction projects

Jul 17, 2019

The San Jose Mercury News reported recently that prevailing wage requirements were expanded by San Jose to certain private construction projects. Labor groups herald this decision as a step toward better labor protections. The San Jose City Council voted in June to require prevailing wage pay from contractors getting subsidies […]

California Prevailing Wage and Minimum Wage Rights

Jan 7, 2019

California Prevailing Wage must meet or exceed Minimum Wage On January 3, 2019 the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations noted that effective January 1, 2019 any employers paying prevailing wage determinations that fall below the California minimum wage are required to pay at least the California minimum […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sep 20, 2018

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace? In the wake of the #metoo movement, much of the public has been left to wonder what behavior qualifies as sexual harassment in the workplace under California’s labor law and what steps a worker can take to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. […]

Wawa Inks $25M Deal in Challenge to Forced Stock Sell-Off

Mar 26, 2018

Bloomberg BNA reported on  January 2, 2018 that Wawa Inks $25M Deal in Challenge to Forced Stock Sell-Off. According to the article, Wawa Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the convenience store and gas station chain of forcing employees to sell their company stock at an unfair […]

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