Labor Compliance

Labor Compliance

ABC is committed to helping construction professionals navigate both state and federal labor laws and stay in compliance.

We offer a variety of resources to both members and nonmembers, to help them meet the requirements on publicly and privately funded projects.

• Classes, seminars and webinars on public works, prevailing wage and more
• State and federally approved apprenticeship program in the electrical trade

New for 2015: Annual registration fee to bid on public works

Annual registration fee to bid on public works
In July 2014, the DIR launched a new Public Works Contractor Registration Program. Contractors wishing to bid on public works will need to register online and submit a non-refundable $300 annual fee.

Implementation dates are as follows:
  • March 1, 2015: You can only list registered contractors/subcontractors on public works bids
  • April 1, 2015: You can only use registered contractors/subcontractors on public works projects. 
  • Be sure to check out the handy FAQ page about the program.
Click here to register online. To search the online database of registered contractors, click here.

New for 2015: CA Paid Sick Leave Law

CA new paid sick leave law
Starting January 1, 2015, all employees (including part-time, per diem and temporary) who have worked at your company at least 30 days within a year and who have satisfied a 90-day "probationary" period are entitled to paid sick leave. They get one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, so the math works out to a little more than eight days for someone who works full time. As an employer, you can opt to provide more sick leave, but not less; the law is designed to establish a minimum requirement. 

Be sure to check out the handy FAQ page, it will help you answer any questions your employees may have.

New for 2015: Public Works Electronic Certified Payroll Records

Public Works electronic certified payroll records (eCPR)
DIR’s upgraded electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system is now in use. Contractors and subcontractors on all public works projects awarded on or after April 1, 2015, must use this system to furnish certified payroll records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner. Contractors and subcontractors who have been submitting PDF copies of their CPRs for earlier projects must also begin using the new system.

You will need to:
  1. Complete the online eCPR form. (Download the online eCPR User Guide)
  2. Have your DIR project ID handy. (Get your ID by searching for the project here.)

Public Works: Getting Started

Public works is defined as contracted construction and related tasks paid for (in whole or in part) with public funds.

Getting started in public works? Here's an overview of the process.

  1. Pay the correct prevailing wage. Use the wage determination in effect when the project was first advertised for bid.
  2. Submit a DAS 140. If you have an agreement to train with a particular committee, send your DAS 140 to that committee. If you don't have an agreement to train yet, send your DAS 140 to all committees in the project's geographic area.
  3. Submit your DAS 142 and employ registered apprentices. California requires apprentices on all public works projects. And per California Labor Code section 1777.5, your apprentice(s) must come from a state-approved apprenticeship program. You also must adhere to a 1:5 ratio. One hour of apprentice work for every five hours performed by a journeyperson for each craft. Requests for apprentices have to be submitted in writing.
  4. Make training contributions. Training contributions are due by the 15th of the month for the previous month. Note: You must pay training contributions for apprentices and journeypersons.
  5. Maintain weekly certified payroll reports (CPR). Your first CPR will also contain a statement of employer payments, aka. a Fringe Benefit Statement.
Recommended Steps
1. Watch the video at the top right.
2. Attend PW 101 (see description below), a two-hour course that will help you navigate the process. We offer this class once a month to members and nonmembers alike.
3. Have your team member(s) in charge of certified payroll, HR, and/or training contributions attend What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wage (see description below). 

All forms mentioned above can also be found in the Forms & Resources Library.

Forms & Resources library

Apprentice Training Trust Contribution Form
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Apprentices Can Help You Compete

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Cal Public Works
DIR website with California labor compliance information and resources.

California Labor Code
Website with all state labor codes.

Contractors State License Board
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DAS 140 (Public Works Contract Award Form) 

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DAS 142 (Request for Apprentice)
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DAS Apprenticeship Employer Benefits, Roles & Responsibilities
One-sheet summarizing benefits, roles and responsibilities.

Davis Bacon Wage Determination

Use this website to determine the appropriate wages for federal contracts. 

Davis Bacon Wage information and compliance

Information concerning federal public works compliance.

Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

DIR Email Subscription Service
Subscribe to receive DIR notifications in your inbox.

DIR State Prevailing Wage FAQ
Commonly asked questions about prevailing wages for state public works projects.

Department of Labor (DOL) Library

Website dedicated to federal contracting opportunities.

Industrial Welfare Commission Order No. 16 (IWC 16)
Regulations for the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries (effective Jan. 2001).

Journeyman Prevailing Wage Determinations

General prevailing wage determinations as set by the DIR.

Public Works FAQ
Common questions regarding state public works.

Public Works Enforcement Manual (from the DIR)
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Public Works Payroll Reporting Form (Certified Payroll)
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Statement of Employer Payments (aka. Fringe Benefit form)
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Training Fund Contributions (CAC2)
Use this form for submitting general training contributions.