Public Works Apprenticeship Regulations Forum
On February 28, 2023, AGC of California issued a Public Works Apprenticeship Regulations Update to advise members of new regulations affecting the employment of apprentices on public works.
The regulations apply generally to public works projects throughout California. These regulations (primarily, 8 CCR §§ 202, 205, 227, 228, 229, and 230.1) purport to affect what work employers may have apprentices perform. While contractors historically employed apprentices to perform all tasks within their craft or trade, the regulations now limit the tasks apprentices can perform on the job to only those “work processes” listed in apprenticeship standards for the program under which the apprentice is registered.
The Court of Appeal issued a temporary stay of the regulations, but on March 27, 2023, denied a request for a further stay while appeals are pending. As a result, the new regulations affecting the employment of apprentices on public works under California’s Prevailing Wage Law (Labor Code § 1720, et seq.) are in effect.
Our general counsel, Dwayne McKenzie, and Kevin Hannifan from Cox Castle & Nicholson will be discussing what these regulations mean, to whom they apply, and possible next steps that contractors may need to take. There will be time allotted for questions.