Contractors in the public works sector can now expect an additional layer of regulation under the Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) which comes to us from the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).
LETF’s mandate is “to inspect publicly funded construction sites to ensure employers provide workers’ compensation insurance and follow labor laws, including applicable prevailing wage laws, skilled and trained workforce requirements, workplace health and safety requirements, and apprenticeship standards,” according to a DIR announcement.
The enforcement effort includes teams from DIR’s Divisions of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office) in collaboration with other enforcement partners, including the Contractors State License Board, who work together and in partnership with local agencies to “combat the underground economy.” That last bit is highly unlikely in public works with all the filters set up like contractor registration requirements, but it is politically correct.
The DIR in their announcement drives home the point about wages, reestablishing that: “All workers employed on qualifying public works projects pay the prevailing wage determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), according to the type of work performed and location of the project. Failure to comply with public works requirements can result in citations for recovered wages, civil penalties, criminal prosecution or both.”
To drive these new efforts, LETF is providing access to a pair of online complaint forms for the workers, competitors and “interested citizens” to call issues their attention, including:
- A form for workers on public works projects
- Public Complaint form for others wishing to report a public works complaint //dir.ca.gov/dlse/Forms/PW1APublicComplaintFinal.pdf
You might look at the complaint forms to garner a view of what the LETF is looking for on your project.
By Ray Baca, Executive Director Email: [email protected]