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
Prevailing Wage Class Action Filed Against Long Beach and Contractors on Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project
Law360 reported this week that Donahoo & Associates filed a proposed class action lawsuit in California court on behalf of Plaintiff Jerome Fatulegaee. The plaintiff accuses Long Beach, Tidelands Oil Production Co., subcontractor Nabors Completion & Production Services Co. and other unspecified contractors and subcontractors of failing to pay workers at the proper prevailing wage rate. The ... Read More
Several cities in San Diego County have argued that public construction projects funded locally are not subject to state prevailing wage rules. A new state law going into effect January 1, 2015 requires charter cities to pay prevailing wages regardless of the funding source. Disregarding this law would result in forfeit of most state construction ... Read More
Work covered by California’s Prevailing Wage Law includes installation of traffic light cameras. A recent article about red light light cameras highlights a prevailing wage issue that may not be commonly understood. Projects paid in full or in part with public funds require payment of prevailing wage rates, which are state-determined wage rates. The prevailing ... Read More
The 12th Annual Underground Economy and Labor Compliance Conference is set for May 14-16 in Palm Springs, California. Focusing on contract compliance in the public works sector, the conference includes sessions on labor compliance and prevailing wage laws and other Labor Code requirements on public works.