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california's prevailing wage law

Understanding Wage Rates Under California’s Prevailing Wage Law

California’s Prevailing Wage Law requires contractors to pay specific wage rates on public works projects. The rates are published by the State’s Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”). The published rates include many different prevailing wage rates, which are based on the geographic location and the type of work that is performed. The rates are organized ... Read More

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Off-the-Clock and Overtime Pay at Issue in Red Light Camera Company Lawsuit

California employees are protected against off-the-clock work and must receive overtime pay for longer hours in accordance with California prevailing wage law. When violations of that law occur, companies are at risk for fines and civil litigation. A red light camera company is currently in the midst of a lawsuit involving prevailing wage violation. The ... Read More

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Class Action

Orange County Company Charged with Prevailing Wage Fraud

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Orange County District Attorney announced that they have charged an Orange County company with multiple felony counts of failing to pay employees prevailing wages on public works contracts, tax fraud, and insurance fraud. Businesses that fail to pay prevailing wages are subject to criminal prosecution as well ... Read More

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california's prevailing wage law

California Charter Cities Must Pay Prevailing Wages on State-Funded Public Works Projects

The State of California won an important appeal this week that affirms a lower court ruling regarding public works projects in charter cities. By state law, reimbursements from the state to charter cities are conditioned on local governments requiring contractors to pay prevailing wages. The appeal from certain charter cities claimed that the law interferes ... Read More

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What is a “Public Work” Under California Law?

Defining Public Work Often workers are unsure whether the California project where they are working is a “public work” that requires their employer to pay them a minimum “prevailing wage” rate set by the State of California. California Labor Code section 1720 defines a public work as: “Construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done ... Read More

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