California state law requires contractors on public-works projects to pay the prevailing wage and benefits to all workers employed on a public works project when the public works project is over $1,000 as set by the California Department of Industrial Relations. Contractors can make sure they comply with the law by completing the following steps:

• Registering as a public works contractor with the California Department of Industrial Relations before bidding on public works projects. 

• Make sure to submit and maintain certified payroll records for all workers to the DIR eCPR system unless your project falls under the following

• Check your bid and contract documents to make sure the correct prevailing wage rates for each craft or trade working on the project are correct.

• Properly pay overtime to employees for work done in excess of eight hours per day or 40 hours per week.

• Provide the DAS140 to all the applicable
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees. Contract award information must be sent within 10 days of the signing of the contract or subcontract, or by the first day of work, whichever occurs first. Contractors who submit the DAS 140 outside this timeframe are considered out of compliance and may be subject to penalties. 

• Make sure to follow the proper apprenticeship ratio (exemptions can be also found there).

• Provide the DAS142 for dispatch of an apprentice at least 72 hours in advance excluding weekends and Holidays. 

• Make sure to follow all the
apprenticeship requirements according to the Department of Industrial Relations.  

• Respond promptly to all requests for certified payroll records.


Violations of California’s prevailing wage law can be costly:


• Fines of up to $200 per day, per worker paid less than the applicable prevailing wage rate.

• Liability for back wages.

• Debarment from bidding on future public works contracts for up to three years.