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general prevailing rate of per diem wages
Term for all pay made to workers on a public works project on a daily basis, such as the hourly rate, holiday, overtime and benefits.



Glossary of Workers' Compensation Terms for Injured Workers
These are common terms that injured workers may encounter during a workers' compensation claim. These definitions are general in nature and are not intended as a legal guide.



gratuity
Any tip, or money that has been paid, given to or left for an employee by a patron of a business over and above the actual amount due the business for services rendered or for goods, food, drink or articles sold or served to the patron. Any amounts paid directly by a patron to a dancer employed by an employer subject to IWC wage order No. 5 or 10 is a gratuity. [see Labor Code Section 350(e)]



grounded
Connected to earth or to some conducting body that serves in place of the earth by means of a conducting connection. Equipment is grounded to protect the operator against shock.



guarded
Covered, shielded, fenced, enclosed or otherwise protected by means of suitable covers or casings, barriers, rails or screens, mats or platforms intended to prevent or impede the approach of persons or objects to a point of danger.