Prevailing Wage Laws

Prevailing wage laws protect the rights of California workers

The law defines pay rates and penalties for violations, which can include:

  • Unpaid overtime or underpaid overtime
  • Misclassification resulting in improper pay
  • Fringe benefits not provided or underfunded
  • Shaving hours or forcing work off-the-clock
  • Unpaid travel time
  • Untimely payment of wages owed after separation

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) sets prevailing wage rates that govern pay on public works projects. If you are not paid according to prevailing wage laws governing your job classification, you may be improperly paid.

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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.

Has your employer violated a prevailing wage law?

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If you think your employer has not been paying you the proper prevailing wage, protect your rights! Contact Donahoo & Associates, PC today for a confidential discussion and analysis of your case.

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