Prevailing Wage Classification

Understanding Prevailing Wage Classifications

Your prevailing wage classification must match the work you actually perform on California public works projects. Prevailing wage classifications are defined by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Laborer, Carpenter, and Iron Worker are some example classifications. Public works projects must pay prevailing wages, and these wages correspond to classifications.

Rates vary by classification. The classification includes prevailing wage rate details.

  • Classification determines your pay rate
  • One worker may quality for multiple classifications
  • Multiple jobs in one day requires multiple pay calculations
  • Prevailing wage rates must be applied based on actual work performed
  • Misclassification results in the wrong pay rate
  • You may have a claim for wages owed, even if the error was unintentional.

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Record your hours on prevailing wage jobs

It is extremely important to keep a record of your daily work times. Many prevailing wage claims benefit from this personal record of daily hours and work performed. Be sure to include any travel time, meal and rest breaks, hours worked, and work performed so it is easier to calculate overall compensation. Get our trial-tested tips on the best ways to record your hours.

Are you being paid the proper prevailing wage?

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If you think your work has been misclassified, protect your rights! Contact Donahoo & Associates, PC today for a confidential discussion and analysis of the correct rate you should be paid.

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