Prevailing wage laws protect the rights of California workers. The law defines pay rates and penalties for violations, which can include:
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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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 pocket diary for an easy way to record your work data.
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