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Public Works Contractor Registration (and fee payment) NOW OPEN.
Last week we reported that a new fee and online registration process had been established for the administration and enforcement of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) prevailing wage requirements on public works projects.
The website for contractors to register as eligible public works contractors is now open.
To register, contractors must complete an online application and pay a non-refundable $300 fee as well as meet a series of criteria such as maintaining Workers' Compensation coverage for all employees and a current Contractors State License Board license in their applicable trade(s).
The new online system also provides a searchable database for awarding bodies and contractors to use so that they may comply with the stipulation to use ONLY registered contractors and subcontractors on public projects. The database is searchable by:
Contractor Legal Name
So, make sure your bid documents clearly and accurately identify your company by one or more of these identifiers to make it easy for your eligibility to be verified.
The DIR news release announcing the online program launch is attached to this newsletter.
Key dates of the contractor registration program:
July 1, 2014 - Online contractor registration opens. Contractors must register to be eligible to bid and perform on public projects.
March 1, 2015 - Requirement to list only registered contractors and subcontractors on bids becomes effective.
April 1, 2015 - Requirement to use only registered contractors and subcontractors on public works projects applies to all projects awarded after this date.
Once the registration becomes mandatory early next year, contractors will be subject to penalties for bidding or working on public works without being registered with DIR.
This article was reprinted, with permission, from the July 7, 2014 newsletter of the Mason Contractors Association of California. MCAC is a member of the ASAC Government Relations Committee.
Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc.
7844 Madison Avenue, Ste 140 - Fair Oaks, California 95628-3595
Phone (916) 966-7666 - Fax (916) 966-1411
(Updated July 10, 2014)
ASA OF CALIFORNIA MEETINGS - Open to all ASA Members
Government Relations Committee - Teleconference
August 11, 2014 - Monday 11:30 -- 1:00
ASAC GRC & Board of Directors Meetings, Los Angeles CA
September 9, 2014 Tuesday evening - Attend LA-OC-IE Meeting,. Stay over to September 10, 2014 - Wednesday 9:00 GRC followed by Board, over by 2:00. Representatives from ASA National will be attending. Watch this space for details as they are worked out.
Contact Executive Director Jordi Grant to get involved!
(Updated July 10, 2014)
This is very important...to you.
When Senate Bill 293 passed last year subcontractors believed that they finally achieved a 5% cap on retention in public projects. However, a clause in the bill allows the cap to be exceeded if the project is "substantially complex". Since then we've seen simple projects being declared substantially complex. In effect, public entities are evading the law. Worse, subcontractors are being taken advantage of...again!
We need your help to stop this abuse.
Legislators are convinced of a need only when confronted with actual proof of the abuse. We need your help to prove the problem exists. Gathering hundreds of examples will help legislators move toward retaining the 5% cap.
Please fax or scan and email copies of all bidding docs that declare a project to be "SC" to ASAC immediately. This is your opportunity to "citizen lobby" the issue. YOU hold the key!
No Proof = No 5% Cap!
ASAC represents its Members, and together we make change happen.
FAX TO 530-662-2865
SCAN AND E-MAIL TO
(Updated July 4, 2014)
ASAC Appreciates YOUR Help!
Once again as we work in a very active legislative session, ASAC leaders anticipate your doing your part, helping our Subcontractor community when we ask for your letters and phone calls.
Remember -- We only ask when we truly believe your efforts will be influential in determining the direction a bill or movement heads.
Those efforts do make a difference! There's strength in numbers!!!!!
Notes on the ASAC Website Layout: The American Subcontractors Association of California (ASAC) website is divided into the sections covering ASAC strengths as an association. We have our Legislative Advocacy program tracking and developing the new construction laws in Sacramento. The ASAC, also, is very fortunate to have a Judicial Advocacy program run by the finest construction attorneys up and down California to follow and try the latest construction cases in California's courts. And, lastly, ASAC has an expanding Benefits program from insurance offerings, to the website which has been developed to help keep subcontractors and suppliers informed of the latest construction issues affecting their daily business.