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CSLB Reminds Contractors to Register with DIR Before Bidding on Public Works Projects

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds all licensees who work on public works projects to register with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Beginning March 1, 2015, all contractors were required to register with DIR in order to bid on public works projects. On April 1, 2015, all contractors will be required to be registered with DIR to be awarded a public works contract, even if the project did not go out to bid.

The DIR registration requirement is a result of Senate Bill (SB) 854, a budget trailer bill that became effective on June 20, 2014, and changed laws pertaining to the administration and enforcement of prevailing wage requirements.

Contractors also will be required to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner’s office for all new projects awarded on or after April 1, 2015. Contractors will need to provide CPRs prospectively for projects not already requiring CPRs if projects are still on-going after January 1, 2016. The only exception will be projects awarded by Caltrans, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Sacramento County, or projects that utilize a project labor agreement.

DIR maintains a listing of registered contractors and subcontractors on its website to assist awarding bodies who must confirm this registration before considering a bid or awarding a contract, and for contractors who must confirm that their bid team members are registered.

The required annual registration fee of $300 is used to fund such activities as DIR’s compliance monitoring and enforcement, prevailing wage and public works coverage determinations, and enforcement appeals hearings. The fee is applicable and good for each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). DIR registration requires that all contractors be in good legal standing, which includes having a current license in good standing with CSLB.

Detailed registration information and instructions are available on DIR’s website.


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