Labor Compliance         
Our labor compliance team 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
  • Over-the-phone and onsite consultation services and record reviews
  • State and federally approved apprenticeship programs in five trades: carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, painting and plumbing
  • NCCER skill assessments for new and existing employees

August 2016 Update: Public Works Electronic Certified Payroll Records

Public Works electronic certified payroll records (eCPR)
As of August 1, 2016, the California Department of Industrial Relations is again
enforcing the requirement for public works contractors and subcontractors to
submit certified payroll records (CPRs) using its online system.

For guidance to the system's enhancements and simplifications, visit the DIR's

Updated Certified Payroll Reporting User Guide
CPR video tutorials
FAQ page

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. 

July 2015 Update
Governor Brown recently approved several amendments to the new law clarifying the definition of employee, accrual methods, your role as an employer and more. For details, refer to this summary provided by Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo (AALRR).

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. 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.
2. 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.

Public Works: State & Federal Quick Links

Clas‚Äčses & Training

Public Works 101
This two-hour course covers all of the basics and we offer it several times a month to members and nonmembers alike. Visit our calendar for upcoming PW 101 classes.

Topics covered include:
  • State of California requirements vs. Federal Davis Bacon requirements and what to do when the project funding is mixed
  • When prevailing wages apply
  • Which wage determinations to use
  • What the double and single asterisk mean on a wage determination 
  • How to interpret the wage determination 
  • What is Covered work
  • Where and when the Contract Award Notification is submitted
  • When an apprentice must be requested and from where
  • Where training contributions are sent and when
  • How to complete a certified payroll report 
  • How to annualize your employee benefits 
  • What a General Contractor must collect from their subs, and when 
  • What a Labor Compliance Program is 
  • What a Labor Management Cooperation Committee is– and what information they are entitled to see

What every contractor should know about prevailing wage
Presented by Deborah Wilder, this intensive, hands-on course covers prevailing wage in detail. Participants will practice completing time cards, processing certified payroll and completing DAS 140/142 forms and learn how recognize fraudulent records. Visit our calendar for upcoming classes.

Topics covered include:
  • Prevailing Wage Requirements 
    • Federal public works projects and state public works projects
    • Determining the prevailing wage rate
    • How to use the DIR website, classifications and coverage determinations
  • Certified Payroll Record Requirements
    • General contractor and subcontractor responsibilities
    • Third-party access to records
  • Apprenticeship Obligation 
    • State–approved apprenticeship programs
    • Ratio requirements 
    • Payments of apprentices and payment of apprentice training contributions 
    • Understanding certified payroll and other required forms
    • Penalties 
    • Fringe benefits 
    • Annualization 
  • Enforcement 
    • Labor compliance programs at the local level
About the Instructor: Deborah Wilder, Law Offices of Deborah Wilder
Deborah is a nationally recognized expert on the Davis-Bacon and Fair Labor Standards Acts, and state and federal prevailing wage law matters. She frequently speaks before national trade associations and at national conferences on these and related subjects. Her practice also includes representing the construction industry in contract disputes, public works, mechanics’ liens and stop notices. 

‚ÄčThis free, members-only, comprehensive course covering all aspects of apprenticeship training is an ABC NorCal membership benefit. Visit our calendar for upcoming classes.

Topics covered include:
  • Apprentice Wages
  • The Dispatch Process (the written request and how it all works)
  • Review of Approval Documents (such as your Agreement to Train DAS 7 and Subscribing Employer Agreement)
  • Review of Informational Documents (Company contribution responsibilities, calculating wages, etc.)
  • Review of Program Rules & Regulations

Forms & Resources library

Listed in alphabetical order.

Note to contractors approved to train ABC NorCal apprentices: Additional forms and resources can be found in the Apprenticeship section of this website.

Forms & Resources LIBRARY

ABC NorCal state and federally approved Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice Health Benefit Trust Contribution Form

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Apprentice Training 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.

California Paid Sick Leave FAQ

Frequently asked questions about CA's new paid sick leave law.

Construction Forms (provided by Porter Law Group)

Visit this website for various construction forms including Mechanics Lien, Release of Lien, Stop Notices and more.

Contractors State License Board

Search by Business Name >>

Search by Personnel >>

Search by License Number >>

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).

Journeyworker Prevailing Wage Determinations

General prevailing wage determinations as set by the DIR.

Journeyworker Training Contribution Form


Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

Official OFCCP website. For questions about federal contract compliance.

Public Works Contractor Registration

Register online >>

Public Works FAQ

Common questions regarding state public works.

Public Works eCPR Online Form

Submit eCPR online.
Public Works eCPR Application User Guide

Guidelines for the new electronic certified payroll process.

Public Works eCPR Training Video

Click here to watch.

Public Works Enforcement Manual (from the DIR)

Download >>

Public Works FAQ

Common questions regarding state public works.

Public Works Payroll Reporting Form (Certified Payroll)

Download >>

Public Works Registered Contractors Database

Searchable database >>

Statement of Employer Payments (aka. Fringe Benefit form)

Download >>

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Learn how you can contract with the Army Corp of Engineers.

Verification of Journeyworker and Apprentice Hours

Download >>

Managing Subcontractor Risks

Get monthly Labor Compliance updates with resident expert, Anne Quick.
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