Mark Breslin: CEOs and business leaders for prevailing wage

By Mark Breslin

Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 7 is co-authored by Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, but opposed by leaders of the charter cities in his district, including Modesto and Merced. It was passed by the Senate 28-10 in late May. Last week it was approved by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and now it is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.As the CEO of United Contractors, I represent hundreds of bottom line, hard-nosed, results-oriented, and fiscally conservative business leaders and CEOs. We support paying prevailing wages because we know what we are getting for our money. Specifically, we know that we are getting highly talented professionals who will get the job done on time and on budget.

At the same time, we are proud that we are creating local jobs – all while modernizing and expanding California’s infrastructure.

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American Waste Services workers locked in ‘wage-theft’ conflict

By KAREN LEE ZINER

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE – For six years, Enrique Sarceno worked on a garbage truck, emptying 30-gallon barrels on a municipal route in Franklin, Mass. At day’s end, Sarceno would strip off his rank-smelling clothes and head for the shower.

He thought the money was good – $17 an hour. But when the former American Waste Services company, in Raynham, hired him, Sarceno knew nothing of the Massachusetts prevailing wage law under which he would have been paid at least $5 more per hour.

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PHA Launches Improved Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Residents

Graduates will become full-time PHA employees

Philadelphia, PA – August 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) – The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has launched a revamped Pre-Apprenticeship Program for its residents. This comprehensive job training course teaches participants skills in maintenance and repairs. Upon completion of the program, graduates will become full-time PHA employees.

PHA’s President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah, who committed to having PHA residents make up 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, called the relaunch a major step forward, and a great effort to better position PHA residents for sustainable employment.

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Misclassification of workers: a costly issue

Misclassification of workers as independent contractors remains a top employment law problem area, frequently resulting in fines, orders for back wage payments, penalties and an array of headaches for unsuspecting employers. Proper classification of workers can be difficult for several reasons:

 

  • There is no singular definition of employee or independent contractor under federal or state law.
  • An agreement between an employer and a worker that the worker is an independent contractor may have little, and in some instances, no legal significance. Independent contractor is a legal status determined by factors that go beyond the employer’s and employee’s desire to contract for work on a certain basis. Written agreements can be quite helpful, but are not dispositive.
  • Both federal and state policy has been trending towards classifying workers as employees due to perceived governmental and individual worker benefits from employee payroll withholding, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
  • The relationship between employer and worker frequently evolves over time, and even a well-intentioned employer can find that a worker once properly classified as an independent contractor has now become misclassified.

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Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Efficiency Under Davis-Bacon Act

Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Senior Democratic Member Joe Courtney (D-CT) today introduced the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act (H.R. 2747), legislation that moves responsibility for wage claims adjustments for federally contracted workers from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Department of Labor.

“This commonsense legislation is a win for both workers and taxpayers,” said Rep. Walberg. “GAO is no longer responsible for other claims functions, so it is time we move this administrative duty to the agency responsible for enforcing the law. Doing so will help decrease redundancies and ensure greater efficiency within the federal government.”

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Join us in San Diego, CA for the 15th Annual NAFC Conference

NAFC is holding its 15th Annual Conference this year in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA, October 9 – 11, 2013.

The NAFC Conference provides a national forum for those committed to combating noncompliance of state and federal public contracting laws and  draws attendance from contractors, labor unions, fair contracting organizations, attorneys and various officials from local, state and federal governments around the nation.

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Oregon Senate Okays Bill Requiring Prevailing Wage

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that will require contractors who do business with the Oregon University System to follow prevailing wage laws. House Bill 2646 received a 27-2 vote and will head to the House for approval. Oregon is one of 32 states to have a state-level prevailing wage, which is required on all state and local building projects. House Bill 2646 adds universities projects to the list.

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