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Frequently Asked Questions – California Prevailing Wage

California's prevailing wage laws and certified payroll reporting requirements can be mandated by any of the following agencies or organizations, each with their own unique set of reporting requirements. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the filing of Form A-1-131, Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and the filing of a modified WH-347 form, the U.S. Department of Labor and the filing of a standard WH-347 Form, Electronic filing requirements through the use of LCPtracker, TRS Consultants, and/or Elation Systems, Inc. D-BAS Labor Compliance Software, Additional "paper filing requirements" by Labor Compliance Organizations, such as, Golden State Labor Compliance, LLC or CalLCP.
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Calculating & Displaying Fringe Benefits on a Certified Payroll Report

In recent months, I have repeatedly seen posts from QuickBooks users on the Intuit Community Forums asking how the fringe benefit rate is calculated and then displayed on the Certified Payroll Report in Excel, which is now a standard function of QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise when used in conjunction with Enhanced Payroll, and I really haven’t seen any good responses.
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The History of Prevailing Wage

Bacon, a former banker, explained the need for the law when he detailed for his legislative colleagues how an out-of-state construction firm paying extremely low wages transported thousands of unskilled workers hundreds of miles to toil on a public project in New York - “They were herded onto this job, they were housed in shacks, they were paid a very low wage, and ...
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QuickBooks Tips – Contractor Needs – Part 3

Gerry has overhead costs, employees, specialized equipment, company vehicles, materials, subcontractors, retainage, percentage of completion billing, and more that he needs to take into consideration when estimating. He works mostly on prevailing wage jobs, where he has to pay his employees a much higher rate of pay plus fringe benefits with a few private jobs - he isn't a union shop; so he is paying the prevailing wage fringe benefits in cash to his employees. Billing requirements for his jobs include Time & Materials and Percentage of Completion, where he needs to submit AIA billing forms and track retainage that he is owed and retainage he owes his subcontractors.
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