State and federal law mandate payment of prevailing wages and record-keeping, apprenticeship, and other obligations on public works of construction. In recent years, California's Prevailing Wage Law has been interpreted to apply broadly to construction projects historically considered to be private works not subject to prevailing wage requirements and, therefore, poses issues for owners, developers, contractors, and others involved in both public and private development.
We have been actively involved in prevailing wage law legislation, interpretation, and litigation for decades. We are active in wage and hour, public works, prevailing wage, and other labor-related legislative issues before the California legislature, including the drafting and negotiation of proposed legislation and amendments to the prevailing wage law and related legislation. We regularly represent developer, contractor, and property owner trade associations, and individual developers and contractors before the Department of Industrial Relations and in the courts, challenging administrative interpretations of the prevailing wage and wage and hour laws. We also provide commentary and otherwise participate on behalf of the real estate and construction industry in the development of administrative regulations.
We routinely counsel commercial, residential, and low-income housing developers and contractors on the application of the prevailing wage law, including structuring of development transactions and agreements to comply with the prevailing wage law.
We are also are uniquely experienced with enforcement of public bidding requirements under state and local laws, public bid protest issues, and representation of labor compliance programs mandated on public works under California law.