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Public Works

Public Works in general means:

  • Construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid in whole or in part out of public funds.
  • It can include preconstruction and post-construction activities related to a public works project.
  • For a full definition of Public Works refer to Labor Code section 1720.

Anyone working on a Public Works project must be paid prevailing wages as determined by DIR. Projects of $30,000 or more must meet DIR's apprenticeship requirements. Failure to comply with Public Works requirements can result in civil penalties, criminal prosecution, or both.

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For more information and to find exact legal definitions and language please see the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code.