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California's Prevailing Wage Law (PWL) presents an alternate universe for those not familiar with its intricacies. Construction contractors and developers who perform work on public works projects are fair game for agencies, labor groups and attorneys trolling for violations of the PWL. In fact, in her most recent report the California Labor Commissioner boasts that she has assessed over $52 Million in unpaid wages and penalties from public works contractors. More alarmingly, this amount has risen 360% over the past 5 years. Experienced contractors and developers know that compliance with the PWL presents a daunting and unnerving task. The onerous, complicated and often vague prevailing wage obligations imposed on public works contracts make compliance difficult and fraught with legal risk. These obligations, along with ever-changing legislation and fluctuating administrative interpretations and enforcement, mean even minor errors can turn a potentially profitable project into a frightening disaster.
Virtually each year this decade California's state and local lawmakers have enacted some new prevailing wage legislation, and 2017 was no different. New laws taking effect in 2018 will directly impact contractors, governments and developers of public works projects, such as AB 1701 which expands contractors' liability for the unpaid wages and benefits of their subcontractors, and SB 96, which creates a host of new and potentially costly liabilities for contractors, developers and public entities. Littler is again this year presenting an update on state PWL developments. Our speakers will discuss the past year's legislative and administrative developments, and offer preventive measures and practical suggestions for complying with California's ever changing PWL. The topics will include:
Who Should Attend? These sessions are specifically geared toward and will be helpful to contractors, subcontractors, developers and awarding bodies.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.