The Center for Contract Compliance (“CCC”) works with local, state, and federal agencies to combat the underground economy. In this collaborative effort, the CCC provides information and resources to ensure law-abiding contractors have an opportunity to bid on a level playing field for public works contracts.
Among other things, the CCC investigates employers that gain an unfair competitive advantage by paying their workers less than prevailing wage, for failing to provide overtime and travel pay, meal and rest breaks, and a safe working environment. The CCC also investigates the underpayment of workers compensation premiums, and investigates violations related to contractor licensing and apprenticeship.
The CCC is committed to outreach and education, and provides information to workers, employers, and public agencies without cost.
Who We Help
We help workers that are paid less than prevailing wage, and we help law-abiding contractors that are forced to compete against contractors that gain an unfair advantage by not following the law.
How We Help
We help by investigating thousands of contractors every year to ensure various local, state, and federal laws related to prevailing wage, apprenticeship, travel pay, meal and rest periods, apprenticeship, workers compensation, contractor licensing, and safety are followed.
Why We Help
We help level the playing field for law-abiding contractors bidding on public works projects. Our goal is to ensure contractors that follow the law are protected by the law.
We provide information to workers about prevailing wage, meal and rest periods, travel time, overtime, and various other wage and hour laws related to public works projects.
If a worker wants to file a formal complaint against a current or former employer, we help by providing the necessary forms and to gather relevant background information that will help the enforcing agency process the case.
Our 2018 Activities
For Public Agencies
We can provide background information related to a contractor's past compliance with public works laws. This is helpful so the public agency can make an informed decision whether to hire the contractor or not.
In addition, we are available to meet with public agencies to provide information regarding various laws related to public works construction.
As always, any services we provide are free of charge.
Our 2018 Results
Civil Wage and Penalty Assessments
We prefer to help contractors comply with their prevailing wage and apprenticeship obligations before a violation occurs. As such, we try to help any contractor that requests it. Most topics can be handled over the phone, but we have met contractors in person when needed.
On rare occasions our case load may prevent individualized attention. If this occurs, we will always ensure the contractor knows where to find the answers so no contractor is left wondering what is required of them.
The Center for Contract Compliance is comprised of individuals from various backgrounds, ranging from the construction industry to law enforcement. This diverse mix of individuals permits the CCC to investigate a wide range of issues. In addition, many of our staff is bilingual, allowing us to effectively operate all over Southern California.
Aggressively Pursuing a Level Playing Field in Public Works Contracting