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Bah Humbug! The New Year Brings New Penalties for Skilled & Trained Workforce Violationscookbrown by

Thursday, January 03, 2019

This Content Courtesy of Carrie Bushman, Partner at Cook Brown, LLP:

As many public works contractors are aware, over the last several years, California has adopted skilled and trained workforce requirements which mandate that contractors working on specific types of projects employ a certain percentage of apprenticeship program graduates for those working in an apprenticeable occupation.  Among others, the primary projects which include skilled and trained workforce requirements are:

  • School District (K-12) Design Build > $1 Million
  • School District (K-12) Lease Leaseback
  • Local Agency & other Specified State Agency Design Build > $1 Million
  • LAUSD Best Value > $1 Million
  • Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Solano & Yuba County    Best Value ≥ $1 Million
The only workers who can be employed on these projects are apprentices who are currently registered in a state approved apprenticeship program and "skilled journeypersons" who are either apprenticeship program graduates or have worked enough hours in their trade to meet the on the job training requirements of a state approved apprenticeship program in that trade; however, a certain percentage of the skilled journeypersons working on these projects must be apprenticeship program graduates.  Read more here