California DIR – New Prevailing Wage Compliance Requirements for Contractors

Beginning August 1, 2010 contractors working on public works construction projects in California will find that they are subject to the regulations of the Public Works Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) – part of the California Department of Industrial Relations – in accordance with State Senate Bill X2-9, that was signed into law in February 2009.

California DIR Compliance Monitoring UnitThe CMU will conduct the required monitoring and enforcement of the states public works prevailing wage laws on specific state bond funded and/or design-build procurement construction projects undertaken by public entities in California and awarded on or after the effect date of the regulations – August 1, 2010.

The California Department of Industrial Relations Compliance Monitoring Unit’s mission is to ensure that workers on state bond funded and/or design-build procurement construction projects are being paid the proper prevailing wage rates, published by the DIR through the Division of Labor Statistics & Research (DLSR) for the they of work they are performing (work classification).  This is all done to create a level playing field for contractors and to verify that state construction projects are completed in compliance with state labor laws.

As a contractor working on these projects, how does this affect me?

TRS Consultants Labor Compliance programThe bottom line is that you will need to electronically file your certified payroll reports (rather than submit a paper form) using an independent on-line or internet based Labor Compliance Program (LCP), which has been developed by TRS Consultants, Inc. ( and

You will be able to either manually enter your payroll data or upload your payroll data, from major construction accounting and payroll program (including QuickBooks when used in conjunction with our Certified Payroll Solution QuickBooks integrated add-on), into the electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system.

You will need to register, and make sure that ALL of your subcontractors and lower-tier subcontractors are registered with the Labor Compliance Program (LCP), are trained in the use of the eCPR system, and are electronically submitting their certified payroll data.

eCPR training and on-going support is provided at no charge to contractors and participating sub-contractors.

As an added “bonus” ALL contract-specific wage rates and classifications are available within the eCPR system; this makes it easier for contractors to find the wage decision and applicable wage rates for their employees.


Certified Payroll Solution has provided a bridge between QuickBooks and the Labor Compliance Program developed by TRS Consultants, Inc. since August 2004, by taking the certified payroll data and saving it in a specific file format – the user then logs into the on-line program, and uploads the file from their computer.


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6 thoughts on “California DIR – New Prevailing Wage Compliance Requirements for Contractors

  • Nancy Smyth

    The Compliance Monitoring Unit delayed the implementation last year, but this year is is definitely in force. We’ve been hearing from customers for the last week that this system will be implemented on all new jobs, bid after January 1, 2012.

  • Hi there Nancy! I’m sure you are not familiar with me. I just wanna say your writing skill is very good. I wish I could also write as good as you. Keep working , Keep posting! Great job!

  • Thanks for the compliment Ruth 🙂 It certainly is a challenge to keep up with ALL of the prevailing wage requirements for all 50 states and at the federal level.

  • Wow, Nancy! No wonder you’ve been so busy the last few weeks. Sounds like you have everything under control, as usual, which is a relief because now I don’t have to worry about it.

    You’re our go-to place for all things certified payroll!

  • This is the original upload file that we did back in 2004, so this upload has been in place for quite a long time. This transition should go smoothly.

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