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2018 Construction Law Round-Up

By January 31, 2018May 22nd, 2020No Comments

Dozens of new laws or amendments will effect the construction
 industry in 2018. The following is a round-up of some of these new law.


Unsatisfied Judgment Prohibits Work

 Bill 1278
provides that when an unsatisfied judgment is issued against
 a license the qualifying individual or personnel of record (who worked for
 the license during the time the activities took place) are prohibited from
 working in the same capacity for another license. In addition, any applicant
 for a license, renewal, reinstatement, or to change officers or other
 personnel of record must file or have on file with the board an additional
 bond sufficient to guarantee payment of the unsatisfied judgment for a minimum
 of one year.


No Discretionary Waiver of Liquidated Damages for Prevailing
 Wage Violations

Senate Bill 96 permits public works
 registrations for three year periods begining June 1, 2019; exempts
 construction projects of $25,000 or less and maintenance projects of $15,000
 or less from registration; provides penalties for failure to register a
 public work; eliminates discretion of the Labor Commission to waive
 liquidated damages for prevailing wage violations.


Increase in Journeymen Requirements

Senate Bill 418 provides that for work performed
 after January 1, 2018, at least 40% of skilled journeypersons are graduates
 of apprencticeship programs, with the exception of certain occupations. The
 requirement increases to 50% for 2019 and then 60% for 2020.


No Lien on Common Interest Development

Assembly Bill 534 prohibits a mechanic’s lien from
 being recorded against another owner’s property in a common interest
 development on which work was performed unless consent was provided by that
 owner or that owner requested the performance of labor or furnishing of
 materials or services. However, consent shall be deemed given in the case of
 emergency repairs.


$4.5 Billion Housing Bond

Senate Bill 3, in response to the housing and
 homeless crisis, if adopted by the voters in November 2018, this bill would
 authorize $4.5 billion in bonds for veterans and affordable housing.


CSLB Letter of Admonishment

Senate Bill 486 permits the Contractor’s License
 Board to issue a letter of admonishment to registrants as an intermediate
 form of discipline between an advisory notice and a citation.

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