Direct Contractors In California Should Take Steps Now To Reduce Exposure For Unpaid Wages By Subcontractors

February 7, 2018
Nora Stilestein, Candace Matson , and Mercedes Cook - Construction & Infrastructure Law Blog

As of January 1, 2018, direct contractors in California who make or take a contract “for the erection, construction, alteration, or repair of a building, structure, or other private work” are jointly and severally liable with their subcontractors for any unpaid wages, fringe benefits and other benefit payments or contributions owed to wage claimants. Governor Brown approved AB 1701 on October 14, 2017. The new law puts the onus on direct contractors to not only monitor their own payroll practices, but to ensure that their subcontractors and lower tier subcontractors are engaging in proper payroll practices.

Reprinted courtesy of Sheppard Mullin attorneys Nora Stilestein, Candace Matson and Mercedes Cook

Ms. Stilestein may be contacted at nstilestein@sheppardmullin.com
Ms. Matson may be contacted at cmatson@sheppardmullin.com
Ms. Cook may be contacted at mcook@sheppardmullin.com



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