GOVERNOR SIGNS NEW LAW THAT MAKES A GENERAL CONTRACTOR LIABLE IF A SUBCONTRACTOR DOES NOT PAY ITS EMPLOYEES

On October 14, 2017, Governor Brown signed new law that will make a general contractor liable if a subcontractor fails to pay its employees on a private project. The new law, AB 1701, applies to construction contracts entered into after January 1, 2018, for “erection, construction, alteration, or repair of a building, structure, or other private work.” AB Section 218.7 adds Section 218.7 to the Labor Code. Read more →

UPDATE ON AB 219 – APPLICATION OF PREVAILING WAGE LAWS TO READY-MIXED CONCRETE DELIVERIES

AB 219 added “the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed concrete” to the definition of “public works,” for the purposes of prevailing wage requirements. Under AB 219, entities that haul and deliver ready-mixed concrete on a public work of improvement must: Read more →

NEW CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION

The Legislature in this current session passed an unusually large number of bills that affect the construction community. One of those bills, AB 626, creates new rights for contractors with regard to change orders. AB 626 was the subject of a previous Construction Alert. The following is a summary of some of the other laws that relate to construction. Read more →

NEW CALIFORNIA LAW PROVIDES CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS WITH ADDITIONAL RIGHTS ON LOCAL AND SOME STATE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS

Governor Brown recently signed AB 626, a new law that was passed by the legislature to provide contractors and subcontractors on local and some state public projects with additional rights. AB 626 was sponsored by United Contractors. Bob Rosin of our firm assisted United Contractors and testified at legislative committee meetings in support of the new law. Read more →

CONSTRUCTION ALERT October 2015 – NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT PROCUREMENT LAWS IMPOSE EXTREMELY STRINGENT “SKILLED WORKFORCE” REQUIREMENTS

Governor Brown recently signed two new laws authorizing school districts to award construction contracts by means other than competitive bidding. These laws, AB 1185 and AB 1358, also introduce extremely stringent “skilled workforce” requirements. The skilled workforce requirements will make it extremely difficult for most nonunion contractors to perform work on projects awarded pursuant to the new laws. The laws are part of an ongoing effort by unions and their legislative allies to promote union contractors and deter nonunion companies from participating in construction of public works. Read more →