Prevailing Wage

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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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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 […]

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 […]

Zoning bill includes prevailing wage requirements

Mar 19, 2018

A new assembly bill mandates prevailing wage for new housing development near public transportation in some Northern California counties. Lawmakers want to encourage local governments to enable more housing near public transportation. The bill allows local governments two years to update their zoning plans, and requires a set aside of […]

Suit says contractors fail to pay prevailing wages, taxes

Feb 23, 2018

The Orange County District Attorney’s office charged contractors with underpaying workers and failing to pay state taxes for work on Pacific Amphitheater between 2013 and 2015. Prosecutors allege that workers were not paid prevailing wage and fraudulent records were created to conceal the fraud. Prosecutors also allege that another company […]

New Assembly bill to redefine public works, require prevailing wage

Feb 19, 2018

A new assembly bill will require prevailing wage for work done under private contract for a charter school when the cost is covered by conduit revenue bonds issued on or after January 1 2019. These project will be considered public works. The bill will impose a state-mandated local program and […]

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Understanding Wage Rates Under California’s Prevailing Wage Law

Aug 15, 2017

California’s Prevailing Wage Law explained California’s Prevailing Wage Law as part of the California Labor Code requires contractors to pay specific minimum wage rates for work performed on public works projects. Public Works projects are defined in the Labor Code as any construction, alteration, demolition, installation, maintenance, or repair work […]

red light camera worker

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

Jan 5, 2017

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 […]

Class Action

Orange County Company Charged with Prevailing Wage Fraud

Apr 15, 2016

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 […]

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