The California Department of Industrial Relations has increased the annual registration fees for public works contractors have from $300 to $400.
However, with the bad news came some good news:
Contractors who work exclusively on small public works projects are not required to register as a public works contractor or file electronic certified payroll reports for those projects. Contractors are still required to maintain certified payroll records on a continuous basis, and provide them to the Labor Commissioner’s Office upon request. Additionally, awarding agencies are not required to submit the notice of contract award through DIR’s PWC-100 system on projects that fall within the small project exemption. The small project exemption applies for all public works projects that do not exceed:
-$25,000 for new construction, alteration, installation, demolition or repair
-$15,000 for maintenance
Note that the exemption is based on the amount of the entire project, and not just a subcontractors part.
Any public works project done in California is still subject to prevailing wage; however, contractors who only work on smaller public works projects will be exempt from registration and it's yearly fee. Certified payroll reports must be maintained, and available to the Labor Commissioner's Office upon request.
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