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Prevailing Wage Law Q& A

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Sep 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Facts about Prevailing Wage Law

As experienced labor lawyers here in Encino, CA, we get a lot of questions concerning California wage and hour laws. Prevailing wage laws are in place to prevent contractors and subcontractors from reducing worker's wages in order to compete for federally funded construction projects.  They set minimum wages that must be paid to all workers involved with qualified contracts.

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We've compiled some common questions we encounter from our clients in the Greater Los Angeles area to help you better understand Prevailing Wage Law.

Q: Who is covered?

A: All workers who are employed by a contractor or subcontractor completing a public works project of $1,000 or more.

Q: What is a public works project?

A: Under prevailing wage law, it is any construction project costing $1,000 or more that is funded completely or partially with public funds. Even private sector projects are subject to this law if they are publicly funded in any way.

Q: What wage should I be paid?

A: The Department of Industrial Relations sets and publishes the prevailing wage for each trade, craft or classification of worker based on your locality and nearest labor market area.  Wages are determined by duties, not title.

Q: How often do the rates change?

A: Wages are issued twice a year on February 22 and August 22.

If you have additional questions about Prevailing Wage Law, please call Kingsley & Kingsley at 888-500-8469.   We are located in Encino, CA (Los Angeles Co.); an experienced labor lawyer is available to help you understand your rights.

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Eric Kingsley

In practice since 1996, the firm's lawyer and co-founder, Eric B. Kingsley, has litigated complex cases and written numerous appeals in state and federal courts on behalf of the California law firm Kingsley & Kingsley, including More than 150 collective actions. Mr. Kingsley focuses his practice ...


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