California Department of Industrial Relations just updated its Public Works Manual. To obtain your copy go to https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/pwmanualcombined.pdf
You Have to Read the Footnotes.
Many people ignore footnotes in prevailing wage determination However, in many instances, this is where one either identify the correct wage determination or makes a mistake. Here are just a couple of examples:
- Operating Engineers (Building) in Northern California. These rates only apply if the entire project is under $3 million. If the entire project exceeds $3 million then the Operating Engineers (Heavy and Hwy) rates must apply.
- Exceptions to Saturday premium pay is also found in footnotes. Carpenters in Northern California allow workers to voluntarily work Saturday at straight time if the they did not work during the week due to inclement weather or major mechanical breakdown.
However, for Carpenters is Southern California the exception is for inclement weather, major mechanical breakdown or lack of materials beyond the control of the Employer. Some crafts do not allow for straight time on Saturday regardless of the reason work was not performed during the work week.
- For Plumber Utility Underground Assistant Journeyman, it requires a full journeyman be employed before an assistant journeyman may work on the project.