AB 3018: Amendments to the Skilled and Trained Workforce Requirements on California Public Projects

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Contractors who fail to institute a program to comply with AB 3018’s reporting requirements do so at their peril.

February 18, 2019
Alex R. Bagdassarian & Nathan A. Cohen - Peckar & Abramson

What California Contractors Need To Know About AB 3018

California contractors used to face limited consequences for non-compliance with the state’s skilled and trained workforce requirements on public works projects. A sea-change to the statutory landscape went into effect on January 1, 2019 as a result of Assembly Bill No. 3018 (“AB 3018”).1 The Code re-defines what constitutes a skilled/trained workforce by eliminating existing exemptions, strengthens monthly reporting guidelines and agency oversight, and empowers the Labor Commissioner and public agencies with enforcement tools that include monetary penalties and debarment. Contractors who fail to institute a program to comply with AB 3018’s reporting requirements do so at their peril.

What Does The 30% Requirement Mean?

Previously, in order to comply with the skilled workforce requirements2, 30% of skilled journeypersons had to be graduates of an apprenticeship program, except for certain listed trades which were exempt from the apprenticeship percentage requirement3. AB 3018 eliminates this exception for the listed occupations and requires 30% of all trades to be comprised of apprenticeship program graduates.

Reprinted courtesy of Alex R. Baghdassarian, Peckar & Abramson and Nathan A. Cohen, Peckar & Abramson
Mr. Baghdassarian may be contacted at Abaghdassarian@pecklaw.com
Mr. Cohen may be contacted at ncohen@pecklaw.com


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