In 2015 the California State Legislature passed AB 219, a bill that extends California prevailing wage requirements to ready mixed concrete suppliers, effective July 1, 2016.
The new law represents a sea-change in California prevailing wage law. Previously, the law required only contractors working on “public works” to pay the “prevailing wage” specified by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). “Public works” are projects that receive funding from state agencies or local governments. The “prevailing wage” is generally a union-level wage. Prevailing wage law also requires contractors on public works to prepare certified payrolls for each employee and to hire a specified number of apprentices.
Until now, material providers have not been subject to prevailing wage law. The law applied to contractors only. The new law applies prevailing wage requirements to a material supplier for the first time.
The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) is the trade association for the construction and industrial material industries in California, which includes aggregate, industrial mineral, and ready mixed concrete producers. JMBM has been working closely with CalCIMA to help prepare concrete producers throughout California comply with the new law.
As part of this effort, Jon Welner of JMBM has prepared the CALCIMA ‘CHECKLIST’ FOR COMPLIANCE WITH AB 219. The Checklist is available on CalCIMA’s website at: http://www.calcima.org/pdf/Checklist.pdf. Complying with the new law will be difficult. The Checklist attempts to simplify compliance by breaking down the requirements into 13 steps.
Jon Welner will also be leading two workshops on behalf of CalCIMA for concrete suppliers. Information on these workshops is available at: www.calcima.org/pdf/AB219Workshop.pdf.