An Overview of California's Prevailing Wage System

California Labor Code

California Code of Regulations

Industrial Welfare Commission Order No. 16 (IWC 16)

Public Works Manual

Labor Law Requirement Checklist

What is a Public Work?

Labor Code 1720(a)  Definition: Construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work... 

 

Labor Code 1720(b)  Paid for in whole or in part out of public funds means...

 

Labor Code 1720(c)  Exceptions...

 

Labor Code 1720.2   Public works also means any construction work done under private contract when...

 

Labor Code 1720.3   Public works also means the hauling of refuse...

Labor Code 1720.4   Volunteers

Prevailing Wages

Who is covered by Prevailing Wages?

 

Labor Code 1771     All workers includes employees, independent contractors, partners, sole  proprietors, and

                                   owner-operators...

 

Labor Code 1772    ...deemed to be employed upon public work.

 

 

How are Prevailing Wage Rates Determined?

 

Labor Code 1773     Methodology of determining the prevailing wage rate

 

Labor Code 1773.1  Employer payments 

Public Agency Responsibilities 

Labor Code 1726      The body awarding the contract for public work shall take cognizance...

 

Labor Code 1727      Before making payment to the contractor, the awarding body shall...

 

Labor Code 1771.1   Confirm contractor and/or subcontractor registration...

 

Labor Code 1773.2   Include prevailing wage determinations in call for bids, bid

                                    specifications, and contract, maintain at its principal office and cause a

                                    copy to be posted at each job site...

 

STATE: APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING

Excerpts from the Labor Code Relating to Apprentices on Public Works (DAS10)

 

Awarding Agencies

Public Work Projects Registration for All Awarding Agencies (PWC Form 100)

Electronic Certified Payroll Records - Awarding Agency

STATE:  CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION

Awarding Agencies

Registration: Qualified Contractor/Subcontractor Search

SB 854 - Important Information for Awarding Bodies

Precautionary Legal Notice to Awarding Bodies

STATE:  ELECTRONIC CERTIFIED PAYROLL SUBMITTALS

Awarding Agencies

Electronic Certified Payroll Records - Awarding Agency

 

Employer Responsibilities

Payment of the Prevailing Wage

 

Labor Code 1771-1774      Employers who perform public works shall pay not less than the specified

                                               prevailing rates of wages...

Labor Code 1776                Each employer who performs public works shall keep accurate payroll records...

Labor Code 1810-1815      Overtime provisions

STATE: WAGE DETERMINATIONS AND REPORTING FORMS

Prevailing Wage Determinations

Superseded Prevailing Wage Determinations

Public Works Payroll Reporting Form

Statement of Employer Payments (Fringe Benefit Statement)

Apprenticeship

Labor Code 1777.5             Registered apprentices on public works

STATE: APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING

Excerpts from the Labor Code Relating to Apprentices on Public Works (DAS10)

 

Contractors

Summary of Requirements

Public Works Contract Award Information (DAS140)

Training Fund Contributions (CAC 2)

Request for Dispatch of an Apprentice (DAS142)

Agreement to Train Apprentices (DAS7)

Electronic Certified Payroll Records - Contractor

Registration

Labor Code 1725.5            Employers who perform public works shall be registered to be qualified to bid on

                                             any public work contract...

STATE:  CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION

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Contractors

Contractor Registration

SB 854 Fact Sheet

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STATE:  ELECTRONIC CERTIFIED PAYROLL SUBMITTALS

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Contractors

Electronic Certified Payroll Records - Contractor

ADDITIONAL WEB PAGES

 

STATE: DECISIONS/DETERMINATIONS

Coverage Determinations

2002 - Present

Prevailing Wage Enforcement Decisions

2007 - Present

 

STATE: DLSE INFORMATION SEARCH ENGINES

Contractor Debarments

CAC Training Fund Contribution Verification

Registration: Qualified Contractor/Subcontractor Search

Public Works Projects

eCPR Search

STATE: LICENSE SEARCHES

Contractors State License Board (CSLB)

Search By Contractor Name/Personnel/License Number

CSLB Filing a Complaint:     Active Project           Inactive Project

Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Search By Name/Number

FEDERAL REGULATIONS - DAVIS BACON

Department of Labor

Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations

Archived Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations

Field Operations Handbook - Davis Bacon (Chapter 15)

DOL - Library/Resource Links

DOL - Wage Survey Schedule/Forms

Here are some Do's and Don'ts:

  • Awarding bodies and contractors: DO verify that contractors and subcontractors meet the public works contractor registration requirements by checking DIR’s public works contractor database. If someone is not registered, ask them to register before entering into a contract with them. If they say they are registered but do not appear in the database, ask whether they registered under a legal name that is different from their trade name.

  • Awarding bodies: DO register your public works projects, using the PWC-100. If you forgot to register a project when the contract was awarded, register it NOW.

  • Awarding bodies and contractors: DO NOT use DIR’s eCPR system as the only evidence of whether a contractor or subcontractor is complying with certified payroll reporting requirements until the system has been fully developed. Check first to determine whether the contractor or subcontractor is maintaining the certified payroll records required by the Labor Code, but having difficulty using or uploading correct information to DIR’s eCPR system. If they are having this sort of difficulty, give them a reasonable opportunity to address the problem, while verifying, through other information available to you, that the contractor or subcontractor is meeting prevailing wage obligations.

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