Prevailing Wages

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Charter Cities: No Longer an Oasis From CA Prevailing Wage

The Number of Charter Cities Exempt from Prevailing Wage Has Dropped from 52 to Almost None in Less Than Two Years - A charter city is a city that governs itself by adopting a "charter" - sort of a municipal...more

Failing to Pay Proper Wages on Government Contracts Can Lead to Liability Under the False Claims Act

For FY 2016, there are more than 36,000 federal government construction contracts where Davis-Bacon Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3142, prevailing wages applied. According to www.spending.gov, these types of contracts accounted for $9...more

New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing...more

New CA Prevailing Wage Law Suspended by Federal Court!

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. But in recent years, the law in California has EXPANDED well beyond its initial...more

Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions Raise Questions About Service Contract Act Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule that updates the overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (the "white collar exemptions") under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is set to take...more

Another First: CA Prevailing Wage Law Expanded to Cover Material Suppliers

AB 219 Expands Prevailing Wage To Include Deliveries of Ready-Mix Concrete - Since the 1930s, prevailing wages have applied only to construction work, not to the manufacture or delivery of construction supplies....more

What Does "Prevailing" Mean, Anyway? And Why Is the Prevailing Wage Rate So High?

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. But in recent years, the law in California has EXPANDED well beyond its initial...more

$8 million Prevailing Wage verdict in 2011 for work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Rent credit from Port District triggered prevailing wage; $8 Million in back wages paid by Hensel Phelps Construction Company - In California Prevailing Wage Law, “public funds” come in many forms. In the case of the...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Municipal Legal News

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

California Prevailing Wage: Five Traps to Avoid

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects....more

California Prevailing Wage Law Expanded to Cover Private Projects

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. But in recent years, the law in California has EXPANDED well beyond its initial...more

N.J. Supreme Court Rejects Defense of Federal Labor Law Preemption of CEPA Claim in Underlying Unpaid Wage Action

On August 16, 2016 the N.J. Supreme Court held, in a 6-0 opinion, that neither the federal Labor Management Relations Act nor the National Labor Relations Act preempts a claim under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act...more

Oregon Law to Affect Pay Stubs, Time and Pay Records, and Wage Theft

The State of Oregon has enacted a new law, SB 1587, designed to increase transparency with respect to employee pay, prevent wage theft, and expose wage and hour violations. Generally, the law will require employers to provide...more

Court of Appeals Holds CityCenterDC P3 Not Subject to Davis Bacon Requirements

Public agencies and private entities are increasing collaboration to develop, operate and maintain a variety of transportation and building projects. The involvement of a public agency in these “public-private partnerships”...more

Who Assumes the Risk of Material Cost Increases? As Always, It Depends!

When a client asks me about a particular contract provision and why it is “unfair” or “uneven”, we began a discussion about risk allocation. You see, the contract is used to shift the various risks on the project to the party...more

CalCIMA ‘Checklist’ for Compliance with AB 219: New Prevailing Wage Requirements for Concrete Suppliers

In 2015 the California State Legislature passed AB 219, a bill that extends California prevailing wage requirements to ready mixed concrete suppliers, effective July 1, 2016. The new law represents a sea-change in...more

California Legislative Update

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

Are Private Development Projects Covered by Prevailing Wage Laws?

When a governmental entity contracts with a general contractor to build a community center on government-owned land, the question of whether prevailing wages are required for workers on that project is easily answered. If...more

Public contracting requirements: Not just for ‘traditional’ government contractors

Federal and state laws contain many construction-related requirements that are routine for traditional government contracts and contractors. Not routine, however, are applications of these requirements outside the realm of...more

Davis-Bacon Act Not Applicable to D.C. Public-Private Partnerships

In a sharp rebuke to the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL), a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the Davis-Bacon Act does not require payment of...more

The Quiet War Between California’s Charter Cities and the State’s Prevailing Wage Law

Behind the scenes a quiet war is raging. A war pitting local sovereignty, on one hand, against a Depression-era law intended to help those working on state and local public works projects, on the other....more

Unions Win Prevailing Wage Challenge Brought By Charter Cities: Next Stop The Supreme Court?

In City Of El Centro v. David Lanier (State Building And Construction Trades Council Of California, AFL-CIO), the 4th appellate district upheld by a 2-1 majority the constitutionality of Labor Code section 1782, which...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Speaks: March 2016

The General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee was active before its March 17, 2016 deadline for approving bills, voting favorably and advancing many bills out of committee....more

Carnival company voluntarily dismissed from H-2B prevailing wage class action

Last week, plaintiffs from a proposed class action involving H-2B visa guest workers voluntarily dismissed a Florida amusement park company from the pending litigation. The case involves the prevailing wage rate offered to...more

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