Workforce development and employment within California construction is often specialized to the employer’s trade. These are general requirements for most workers within construction, but this is not an all-encompassing list.
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
DIR is working successfully to make their website a resource for construction and employer requirements. Check it out at www.dir.ca.gov. A great all-inclusive information for employers is at the DIR’s Small Business Portal.
The DIR administers, enforces and educates on laws governing:
- Employee wages, hours and breaks, overtime and retaliation in its Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)
- Workplace safety through the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA has educational materials for workers and employers available
- Enforcement of licensing and labor standards – here is a useful 2017 publication of construction employer requirements: Get the brochure here, and follow the law.
- Public works, public works labor law and the Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) are housed within the DLSE
- Apprenticeship training programs and the California Apprenticeship Council under the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS)
- Workers compensation insurance benefits for injured workers which is coordinated in the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/dwc_home-page.htm
DIR coordinates with other agencies to target egregious violators of labor laws and tax laws in the underground economy.
The DIR is housed within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
Employment Development Department (EDD)
EDD assists employers with the CalJOBS database, linking job seekers with job openings. It also administers payroll tax collection, State disability insurance and unemployment/leave insurance.