The California Legislature enacted S.B. 800 (aka the "Right to Repair Act") in 2002 to provide builders, subcontractors, product manufacturers and design professionals an opportunity to repair construction defects before a new homeowner initiated court proceedings. S.B. 800 applies to construction defects identified in new residential construction and was an effort by the Legislature to reduce construction defect lawsuits.
- The Division of Labor Statistics & Research is now the Director's Office of Policy, Research & Legislation
- The Department of Labor Standards Enforcement now covers all public works enforcement, including apprenticeship
- Prevailing Wage Determinations can be found on the DIR web-site (www.dir.ca.gov) by scrolling over the "Labor Law" tab, clicking "Public Works Projects" button and clicking on "Prevailing Wage Determinations", or click here
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Julie A. Su, the new Commissioner for the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, has revamped the department's administration and implemented a new strategy to enforce California labor laws through the smarter use of resources and assessments. Key statistics of the Commissioner's changes demonstrate:
In a case entitled Sanders Construction Co. Inc. v. Cerda (June 2009), a California Appellate Court held that the employees of an unlicensed subcontractor are "statutory employees" of the general contractor. As a result, the general contractor was liable for the unpaid wages that were due to the unlicensed subcontractors employees.
In case entitled Greg Opinski Construction v. City of Oakdale (Cal. Ct. App. October 6, 2011) a California Appellate Court held that when a public works contract requires notice is given as a condition for getting an extension of time and notice is not given the contractor cannot later claim that the delay was caused by the public entity. This is noteworthy since it refutes prior precedent that allowed a contractor to assert that the liquidated damages should not be assessed since the public entity delayed the project during a period of concurrent delay.
I Forgot To File A Legal Action to Foreclose
A 2010 UPDATE
ON NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS
THAT MAY IMPACT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
William C. Last, Jr.
Attorney at Law