On Wednesday, June 28, the State Allocation Board (SAB) met to hear issues related to actions taken at their meeting on June 5, 2017 (approval of “Option 1”). Specifically, under Action Items, the agenda included “Regulatory Amendments for Increased Program Accountability” and “Regulatory Amendments for the Financial Hardship Program.” Under Informational Items, the agenda included “School Facility Program Application Processing.” The following is a summary of each agenda item. Continue reading →
Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016
In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate
School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016
statewide General Election ballot. C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the
General Election ballot in November 2016. Continue reading →
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a notice informing contractors and subcontractors that enforcement of the requirement to post payroll online using its electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system is temporarily on hold. Continue reading →
Legislative Update The Legislature concluded its business for the year on September 11, 2015, and will reconvene in Sacramento on January 4, 2016. The Governor had until October 11, 2015, to sign or veto bills. Below is an update on final actions for C.A.S.H. priority bills that made it to the Governor’s desk. Continue reading →
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has launched its new website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/PublicWorks.html, which provides specific “links” for Awarding Bodies, Contractors, Apprentices, Prevailing Wage, and Certified Payroll Reporting. There is a link on the main page for a searchable database for public works projects (public access). This link is important because the search will reveal the “DIR Project ID” number that is critical for the contractors’ ability to enter their certified payroll reports into the electronic Certified Payroll Records (eCPR) system. Awarding Bodies cannot see this number on their version of the form PWC-100 after it is filed – they must access the public version to obtain the number and then provide it to their contractor(s). Continue reading →
At the May 27th Board of Directors meeting, I was humbled to be appointed Chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) by Jenny Hannah, C.A.S.H. Chair. I am honored to follow in the shoes of Don Ulrich, who is now C.A.S.H. Vice Chair and Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee; this is a significant and exciting challenge that I am eager to fulfill. Continue reading →
The minutes from the May 27, 2015, meeting were approved unanimously.
Executive Officer Statement
Lisa Silverman provided updates on the following:
Current Priority Funding Filing Round – The current filing period opened on May 13, 2015, and closed June 11, 2015. Requests will be valid from July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. Twelve projects totaling $11.2 million received a second occurrence for non-participation in this round had have been rescinded without further State Allocation Board action.
Labor compliance is the active monitoring of a public works project to ensure that the State’s labor laws are being followed. It includes the review of payroll records to determine that prevailing wages are being paid by contractors and subcontractors who work on a public works project. Labor compliance policy has been a legislative priority for the past decade commencing in 2003. The legislature in 2014 took action to initiate a significant change in labor compliance policy with SB 854.
The following notice was sent our recently from the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
Recently passed legislation (SB 854) made several changes to the laws governing how the Department of Industrial Relations administers and enforces prevailing wage requirements on public works projects. Among other things, SB 854 established a new public works contractor registration program, covering all public works projects, to replace prior Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) and Labor Compliance Program (LCP) requirements for bond-funded and other specified projects. Continue reading →
C.A.S.H. Leading Charge to Improve Labor Compliance Oversight Process
As many of our members are now aware, since the approval of AB 436 (Solario) in 2011 which created the Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU), there have been significant challenges in its implementation. Continue reading →