We have compiled a list of most often asked questions from our valued clients.

  • Is certified payroll the same for both CA and Davis Bacon & Related Acts projects?

    The certified payroll reporting form for CA is the A-1-131 form. The certified payroll reporting form for Davis Bacon & Related Acts projects is the WH-347 form.

  • How often is CPR due for Davis-Bacon projects?

    Every 7 days

  • How often is CPR due for California State Prevailing Wage projects?

    Every 30 days

  • How often does electronic certified payroll (eCPR) need to be submitted?

    eCPR must be uploaded to the DIR within 30 days. Please be advised, AB1023 went into effect on 1.1.22, which states contractors that do not submit eCPR in the specified timeframe (every 30 days) will be subject to a $100/day penalty.

  • I am not signatory to a Union and Apprentice Halls are not responding to my DAS 142 Request for Apprentice form submissions. How do I stay compliant?

    We recommend regularly submitting valid DAS 142 forms to all applicable halls with 72 business hours notice in order to demonstrate a good faith effort. We also recommend that a copy of each submitted DAS form along with proof of submission via Certified USPS receipt, fax transmittal verification sheet, or email confirmation is saved in order to verify a good faith effort.

  • Are apprentices required on California projects?

    Apprentices are required on all state public works projects with a total construction contract of $30,000 or more when utilizing and apprenticeable craft. At the end of the project, 20% of straight time hours worked on the project are required to be apprentice hours for each apprenticeable craft employed.

  • When is overtime owed on California projects?

    Overtime is owed when an employee works over 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. Overtime is owed at time and a half the prevailing wage rate. Double time may be owed depending on how many hours the employee has worked that day. It is important to refer to the footnotes for the applicable classification for any additional overtime provisions.

  • If I am a non-union contractor, what box on the DAS 140 form should I check?

    Marking Box 3 indicates that a contractor will adhere to the general apprenticeship standards governed by the CAC (which is not a specific committee, but an administrator of all apprenticeship standards). Training payments will thus be paid to the CAC.

  • If I abide by the standards of a specific union for a particular project, what box on the DAS 140 form should I check?

    Marking Box 2 indicates that a contractor will adhere to the standards set by a specific committee (this would include the standards they set on their CBA/MLA). Training payment will thus be paid to this specific committee.

  • Are apprentices required on DBA/DBRA projects?

    Apprentices are not required on DBA/DBRA projects. However, if a contractor chooses to utilize apprentices on the project they must be registered with the Department of Labor as an apprentice. If a worker is not a registered apprentice, the journeyman rate will be owed.

  • When is overtime owed on DBA/DBRA projects?

    Overtime is owed when an employee works over 40 hours in a week. Overtime is owed at time and a half the prevailing wage rate. Double time is not required on DBA/DBRA projects.

  • If a project has both federal and state funding, which requirements apply?

    The stricter of the two requirements will apply on projects with both funding.

  • What are some resources I can look into for both California prevailing Wage and Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage?

    California State Prevailing Wage- Public Works Manual
    Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage- Chapter 15 – Field Operations Handbook

  • What is the Inflation Reduction Act?

    Signed into law on August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) invests in domestic energy production, promoting the clean energy market. It includes provisions for increased clean energy tax credits or deduction amounts if prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements are satisfied. This investment will impact clean energy projects starting on January 29th, 2023.

  • What is the Infrastructure Bill?

    The Infrastructure Bill is a Bipartisan deal that sets to rebuild roads, bridges, and rails all over the United States. In addition, the Bill will increase access to clean drinking water, fight against climate change, and supply funds to communities in need. Projects that are funded through this Bill will be subject to prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements under the Davis-Bacon Related Acts.

  • What is AB2143?

    Assembly Bill (AB) 2143 was signed in September of 2022 and will go into effect starting January 1st, 2024. This bill will impact Solar and Renewable Energy Contractors in California, as it will require certain installation of renewable electrical generation and construction of battery storage facilities to meet prevailing wage requirements. These projects that were previously exempt from prevailing wage requirements will now be required to meet this standard or risk not being able to receive service from customer-generators under contract or tariff for net energy metering.

  • What is the New York Roadway Excavation Quality Assurance Act?

    The Roadway Quality Assurance Act introduces changes to Labor Law §220 and introduces a new section, Labor Law §224-f. This legislation has a specific purpose: to guarantee that when a private utility company employs contractors or subcontractors to conduct work that requires a permit for excavating, opening, or using a public street, those workers are compensated at prevailing wage rates.

  • How does the New York Roadway Excavation Quality Assurance Act affect my projects?

    Under the Roadway Quality Assurance Act, it is a requirement for contractors and subcontractors working for a utility company, as defined in Public Service Law §2 (23), to pay prevailing wages to workers involved in projects that fall under the category of a “covered excavation project.” The term “Utility Company” refers to individuals or corporations operating agencies for public service and are subject to the regulations and oversight outlined in the Public Service Law.

DISCLAIMER: The information found below are not comprehensive and is not intended to amend, interpret, or make specific any existing law or regulation for purposes of complying with prevailing wage. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author/speaker and are not necessarily the official position of the governing law, its Director, or any related public entity. It is not intended as legal advice, and does not guarantee any outcome in specific enforcement or coverage proceedings within the governing jurisdiction. Please contact Alliant Consulting with specific questions.