Contractor & Prevailing Wage Information

NOTICE: Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online Resumes

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reminds Public Works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) using DIR’s online system. ​
​Submit Payrolls Online here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/Certified-Payroll-Reporting.html ​​

EARLY RENEWAL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTORS!
​See notice from Department of Industrial Relations here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2017/2017-33.pdf

What Is a Public Works Project? What is "Prevailing Wage?"

Public works law requires private construction contractors to pay prevailing wages to their workers and requires the construction contractor to follow public works law when working on a project funded by a public entity.  A public entity can be the State of California, or any public agency such as a county, city, school or a special district. 

The prevailing wage rate is the basic hourly rate paid on public works projects to a majority of workers engaged in a particular craft, classification or type of work within the locality and in the nearest labor market area (if a majority of such workers are paid at a single rate).
 
Prevailing wages are due, in most instances, if the project costs more than $1,000, and involves the following (Public Works Project) construction work: new construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair and maintenance, and the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed concrete to carry out a public works contract, with respect to contracts involving any state agency, including the California State University and the University of California, or any political subdivision of the state.

What about Apprentices?

Contractors must make an attempt to hire apprentices when the total project costs exceed $30,000.

A contractor on a public works project must employ one (1) hour of apprentice work for every five (5) hours performed by a journeyman. Title 8 California Code of Regulations, Section 230.1.for each separate craft at the end of a project.  Please check the DAS Important notices to determine if any exemptions exist for your craft or trade.  http://www.dir.ca.gov/DAS/PublicWorksForms.htm

Contractors who do not already employ enough apprentices to meet the ratio requirements must request dispatch of an apprentice from an apprenticeship program (for each apprenticeable craft or trade) by giving the program actual notice of at least 72 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays) before the date on which apprentices are required. A DAS 142 form is provided for this purpose. All requests for dispatch must be in writing and sent by first class mail, fax or email. 

Contractors who do not receive a sufficient number of apprentices from their initial request, must request dispatch apprentices from all other apprenticeship committees, if more than one exists in the area of the public works project.  To determine which apprenticeship programs are approved for your craft or trade in a specific geographic location click the following link   http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/das/pwaddrstart.asp 
 
Where can I get help?

With so much paperwork to be completed on California prevailing wage and Federal Davis-Bacon projects, the acronyms for the forms – WH-347, California A-1-131, DAS 140, DAS 142, CAC 2 – can become quite confusing as all of them are part of Federal and/or California prevailing wage requirements. See link below to INSTRUCTIONS on how to complete a Certified Payroll Report.

Follow link below to the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations Public Works Page for information on the following CONTRACTOR responsibilities:

1. Registering as a Public Works Contractor
2. Paying Prevailing Wages
3. Following Apprenticeship Requirements
4. Maintaining and Submitting Certified Payroll Records

Link to CA Department of Industrial Relations Public Works Page

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Please follow the link above to the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Public Works webpage for information on Public Works Projects, Prevailing Wage, and Contractor Registration.

Information Regarding Department of Industrial Relations Registration

Certified Payroll Reporting