New changes Coming for 2020
To all of CCMI's clients and contractors let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Bright Holiday Season. With the new year, 2020 will bring with it new changes to the laws and regulations relating to prevailing wages. First, whatever state you live in, many of the new laws go into effect on January 1 of each year. So, be sure to check with your local construction trade association or State Department of Labor. Some states call it the Bureau of Labor and Industry, some call it the Department of Industrial Relations and some just call it the State's own Department of Labor.
For California, the state minimum wage goes up for employers with 26 or more workers, to $13 an hour. For employers with 25 or less employees, the minimum wage rate will go to $12.00. Please be aware that many cities are imposing "living wages" which are a higher minimum wage for workers performing work within those City limits.
The California legislature clarified that all preconstruction surveying, inspection work and material testing is also covered by prevailing wages.
This includes planning and design work, even if no project is ever built.