Prevailing Wages

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Congress Considers Visa Bill Ahead of Expected Immigration Executive Order

Perhaps anticipating an Executive Order from the White House on business immigration reforms, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.), who represents Silicon Valley, has introduced a bill that calls for many reforms....more

Beginning of the End for Davis-Bacon?

The federal prevailing wage statute, known as "Davis-Bacon," has been in place for over eighty years. In essence, it requires that union wages be paid on all federal construction projects....more

Immigration Under the New Administration: H-1B Visas and What to Expect

With the Trump Administration taking office, it is expected that changes to immigration policies will be carried out swiftly and, to a large extent, in an unapologetically straightforward manner. While the initial public...more

Kentucky Passes Right-to-Work Law: FAQs on What This Means to Kentucky Employers and Their Employees

Kentucky has passed House Bill 1, the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state to adopt right-to-work legislation....more

Kentucky Becomes the 27th Right-to-Work State and Repeals Its Prevailing Wage Law

In lightning-fast fashion, Kentucky became the 27th state to enact right-to-work legislation over the weekend. After the 2016 elections, in which Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first...more

2017 California Employment Law Update

Below are some of the new laws going into effect this year that affect the construction industry. Unless otherwise noted, the laws go into effect on January 1, 2017....more

Reversal of Fortune: AB 219 is Back!

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

2017 California Construction Law Update

To say it’s been an exciting year in politics would be an understatement. While most of the nation’s attention was focused on the presidential election, state legislatures, including California’s, were busy at work. The...more

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

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