What is Prevailing Wage?
Prevailing wage policies provide the best value for California taxpayers on public works projects. They strengthen the economy and the middle class with good paying local jobs, while helping to ensure that projects are completed on time, on budget, and with the highest quality of workmanship.
Prevailing wage is the standard pay rate based on a survey of all employers in a region - for a construction worker in a given trade in a given geographic area. Often, these workers have completed years of training in an apprenticeship program that ensures that they know how to get the job done - on time and on budget.
These laws were enacted in the 1930s during a time when government-funded construction projects had become a race to the bottom. Contractors would bring in low-wage, low-skilled workers from outside the community to do local public works jobs, and then leave when the project was completed - taking local tax dollars with them.
Prevailing wage laws changed all this, creating more California jobs, more ladders into the middle class for California families, and top quality highways, bridges, water systems and municipal facilities for California taxpayers. But in today's tough economy, prevailing wage laws are more important than ever.
Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on a prevailing wage project $1.50 in economic activity is generated locally. This supports local small businesses and builds thriving communities.
Studies have also shown that without prevailing wage, not only does the local economy suffer, but so do local taxpayers. Millions of local tax dollars are shipped out of town—or worse, out of state. Depressed wages mean more full-time workers on public assistance—effectively a tax increase on everyone else.
See more at: http://www.smartcitiesprevail.org
Do You Know Your Workers Compensation Rights?
Workers Compensation provides limited benefits for on the job injuries. As an injured worker you are entitled to permanent and temporary disability, costs of medical treatment, mileage and other incidental expenses. If a negligent third party is responsible for your injury your recovery may be greatly enhanced.
The five rules of on-the-job injuries are:
1. Report the incident to your employer immediately.
2. Fill out a Workers Compensation DWC-1 form immediately.
3. See a physician within 24 hours of the incident.
4. Do not give a written or recorded statement to anyone.
5. Make sure photos of the incident scene are taken. Preserve all physical evidence.
Gather names of witnesses and their statements of the incident.
Labor Code §5430 requires the following disclosure: Making a false or fraudulent workers compensation claim is a felony subject of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, which ever is greater, or by both imprisonment or fine.
Any questions: Compensation attorneys available are:
Boxer and Gerson — Attorneys at Law:
John Harrigan 171 St. Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 835-8870
Fax: (510) 835-0415
The Arnz Law Firm
J. Lambert — Regional Director
I Rincon Center 101 Spear St. Suite 215, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 1 -(888)-495- 7801
Fax: (415) 495-7888
Mc Carthy & Associates - Attorneys at Law:
1300 Ethan Way, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
Tel: (916) 641-2667
Fax: (916) 641-0222
Ed B. Chatoian II - Attorney at Law:
2607 Fresno Sf, Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: (559) 585-0101
Fax: (559) 485-7643
Sam Swift - Attorney at Law:
2102 Almaden Rd., Suite 102, San Jose, CA 95125
Tel: (408) 723-2102
Fax: (408) 723-2141
For more Information Click on Link below
Link to: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm