Another Round Of Citations For Prime Construction Contractors

Fri Jun 7, 2013 3:11pm EDT

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Another Round Of Citations For Prime Construction Contractors

CALPASC Supports Commissioner in Putting Proper Incentives in Construction Contracting

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, the California Labor Commissioner's enforcement efforts are paying off – for state coffers and legitimate contractors – but not for general contractors and subcontractors who skirt the law. A press release issued on June 6, 2013, by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced yet another round of citations, this time totaling almost $750,000, for public works violations by general contractors and their subcontractors who failed to pay proper prevailing wages and overtime rates to more than 50 employees.

These citations were issued to prime contractors Tutor Perini Corporation in Sylmar for work on Orange County public libraries; Cyrcon Builders, LP in Los Angeles for work on Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center; Intermountain Electric dba Colorado IM Electric in Denver, CO for work on the Greenfield Union School District of South Bakersfield; and Tidwell Concrete Construction of Indio for work on the San Diego Community College District's Miramar Library Learning Resource Center.  Subcontractors who were cited include Cal Framing of Redlands; Canoga Park-based K A Y General Services dba Rudy's Construction; and Oceanside-based Campbell Certified, Inc.

In response to the DIR's announcement, Brad Diede, Executive Director, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC), issued the following comments:

"Citations such as these are becoming more regular occurrences and confirm the fact that prime contractors need to be as concerned as subcontractors. (See http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2013/IR2013-22.pdf#zoom=100; http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2013/IR2013-21.pdf#zoom=100; http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2013/IR2013-16.pdf)

"Labor Commissioner Su repeatedly has stated that prime contractors are jointly and severally liable for their subcontractors who fail to follow California's labor law.

"The Construction Enforcement Coalition, composed of union and non-union affiliated organizations, has a key objective to publicize actions like these to serve as a detractor to contractors who abuse the system as well as those who hire deceitful subcontractors.

"Awarding authorities and prime contractors need to think twice before hiring the lowest bidding subcontractors.

"And out-of-state contractors working in California are subject to the same scrutiny and enforcement efforts. Some state enforcement agencies willingly travel out of state to catch companies that fail to comply with California's laws and regulations. 

"We intend to keep these issues very visible as we meet throughout the state with enforcement agency representatives."

CONTACT: 
Brad Diede
Executive Director, CALPASC
(916) 973-2925  

SOURCE CALPASC: California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors

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