California Legislature Enacts Several New Laws Concerning Prevailing Wage Requirements

The California legislature has enacted a number of laws that impact prevailing wage requirements, including provisions that affect charter cities, requirements to inform the Labor Commissioner of the completion of public works projects, exposure to liquidated damages for prevailing wage violations, and applying prevailing wage requirements to refinery construction projects. These laws went into effect on January 1, 2014, and are summarized below.

Supreme Court Hears Noel Canning Oral Arguments: Did the Justices Tip Their Hand? – Ron Meisburg

By | LXBN | January 15, 2014

It usually isn’t the best idea to put too much stock into Supreme Court oral arguments, for a number of reasons. But given the amount of skepticism the justices seemed to show for President Barack Obama to make recess appointments to the National Relations Board, it’s hard not to wonder if the Court’s already made up its mind in NLRB v. Noel Canning—and what this might mean for the world of labor law.

Racial Profiling in the Workplace?

We’ve heard about racial profiling by the police.  But what about by employers?  A state agency, the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, made the very broad (and aggressive) finding that, “Racial profiling occurs when an employee . . . is questioned, disciplined, and terminated, on the basis of his race.”

Sandy Contractor Hit with NJ Prevailing Wage Suit

Sandy Contractor Hit with NJ Prevailing Wage Suit

Prevailing wage (“PW”) law is an almost anachronistic subset within the field of wage hour law. Prevailing wages mean those wages that “prevail” in union contracts within a defined geographical area (i.e., a county) and are wages that must be paid on all public work, such as construction contracts to build roads, bridges, and, as discussed herein, in ameliorating the damage caused to New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy.