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Definition of “Public Works” Broadened to Include the Assembly and Disassembly of Freestanding and Affixed Modular Office Systems

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By:   Chelcey E. Lieber

Governor Brown signed AB 1598 on September 30, 2012, amending Labor Code section 1720 relating to public contracts. The existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of imposing certain requirements in the payment of prevailing wages. Existing law generally defines “public works” to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of public funds. This bill modifies existing law merely to include in the definition of “installation,” the assembly and disassembly of freestanding and affixed modular office systems.