DIR Notes

Prevailing Wage Reform

Public hearings on prevailing wage reform regulations were completed and the public comment period closed.

DIR's Division of Labor Statistics and Research (DLSR) conducted hearings February 20 and 22 in San Francisco, and February 26 and 27 in Los Angeles.

DLSR is reviewing public comments on the two proposals, which would change the current modal method of determining prevailing wage rates to the method used nationally under the federal Davis-Bacon Act, and would repeal the "double asterisk" rule.

IWC Overtime Hearings

The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) continues to conduct public hearings on daily overtime rules. The IWC is receiving comments on the eight-hour day and 40-hour workweek, daily and weekly overtime, child care concerns with respect to flexible schedules, and other matters that may have an impact on flexible scheduling.

The IWC has conducted hearings in Oakland, San Jose and Long Beach, and has hearings scheduled for San Diego and Merced. When all hearings are concluded, the commission may vote to convene formal wage boards for reviewing daily overtime requirements in the industries in which daily overtime is mandated by 14 of its 15 wage orders. The commission is also accepting written comments.

Apprenticeship Report

The California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) and DIR's Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) released their newest annual activities report to the Legislature and the public.

The report details both CAC and DAS activities, particularly in regard to equal opportunity and outreach. It also covers recent DAS initiatives, including the Inmate Apprenticeship Program and the New Horizons Youth Apprenticeship Program.

The report is available on the DIR Home Page at www.dir.ca.gov. Copies are also available by writing to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142-0603.