THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY

 

OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

 

 

POLICY ON PAYMENT OF PREVAILING WAGES BY PRIVATE

 

REDEVELOPERS OR OWNER PARTICIPANTS

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised: February 1986

Approved: February 24, 1986

 


 

Introduction

 

Under the Community Redevelopment Law of the State of California, The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles may enter into contracts or other agreements with developers of property to assist in the acquisition or the improvement of such property to eliminate blight. The Agency is also empowered to enter into agreements with owners of property in redevelopment project areas to develop their property pursuant to the requirements of adopted redevelopment plans. In all such agreements, the Agency may require the private owner or developer to comply with conditions which the Agency deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the Community Redevelopment Law.

 

Under certain circumstances, the Agency may provide funding which has been obtained from the Federal Government for use by private developers or owners in the development of their property. In such cases, the federal grant or loan or mortgage assistance program may require that construction work performed in such projects comply with the requirements of the Davis‑Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 276 et seq.), which requires the payment of wages to laborers and mechanics at a rate not less than the minimum wage specified by the Secretary of Labor in periodic wage rate determinations.

 

In addition, whenever the Agency contracts directly for public works improvements, the contractor is required by pertinent State law provisions to pay not less than the prevailing rate of wages to workers employed on the public work.

 

The public purposes which underlie both the Davis‑Bacon Act and the State prevailing wage requirements apply no less to work performed on a project which is the subject of an agreement between the Agency and a private developer or owner. Those purposes include protecting the employees of contractors on public projects from substandard wages, promoting the hiring of a local labor force, and ensuring, to the extent possible, that the quality of the work to be performed will not be compromised by the payment of less than the prevailing rate of wages. That is, developers who seek Agency assistance, or property owners who wish to develop their property pursuant to an owner participation agreement, should not be permitted to pay, or to allow their contractors or subcontractors to pay less than the prevailing rate of wages for work performed pursuant to an agreement with the Agency.

 

The Legislature has declared that the redevelopment of blighted areas and the provisions for appropriate construction policies in them constitute public uses and purposes and are governmental functions of state concern in the interest of health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and of the communities in which the blighted areas exist.  The Legislature has further declared that genuine employment opportunities for all the people of the State are vital to the State’s peace and prosperity, and that a fundamental purpose of redevelopment is to expand employment opportunities for jobless, underemployed and low‑income persons. Therefore, the Agency has determined that the application of prevailing wage requirements to private developers or owners of property who enter into agreements with the Agency for the development of such property is a necessary condition in carrying out the purposes of the Community Redevelopment Law.

 

1.         Statement of Policy

 

It is the policy of the Agency that any developer or owner of property who enters into an Agreement with the Agency for the development of such property shall pay or cause to be paid to all workers employed in connection with the development of such property, not less than the prevailing rates of wages, as provided in the statutes applicable to Agency public works contracts, including without limitation Sections 33423-33426 of the California Health and Safety Code and Sections 1770 1780 of the California Labor Code.  However, notwithstanding the foregoing, this policy shall not apply to the payment of wages to such workers who have been approved by and are appropriately registered in a Starting Apprenticeship Program administered by the Building Trades.  Those workers shall be paid at the rate of wages prescribed by the appropriate collective bargaining agreement in effect for such trade; provided a list of current enrollees in the Program has been submitted to the Agency for review. In addition, the foregoing Agency policy shall not apply to Agreements in which the total aggregate cost of construction does not exceed $250,000 in the case of residential and $100,000 in the case of non‑residential developments.  However, notwithstanding the foregoing, a special residential wage rate established by the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Statistics and Research for public projects, may be paid to those trade‑crafts or classifications performing work on Agency sponsored residential projects in which a developer or contractor has requested and received approval from the Agency to pay.

 

In the case of an Agreement with the Agency which involves the use of federal funds, such use shall be subject to the prevailing wage requirements, if any, mandated by the federal program legislation by which such funds are authorized. In the case of construction work financed in whole or in part with assistance provided under the Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Davis 'Bacon Act applies to any Agreement with the Agency which involves CDBG funds in the amount of $2,000 or more.  However, this CDBG requirement applies to the rehabilitation of residential property only if such property is designed for residential use of eight or more families.

 

2.         Construction of Terms and Phrases

 

For purposes of implementing this policy, the following shall apply:

 

(a)        The phrase "developer or owner" means any person, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association or entity regardless of form, whether public or private, for‑profit or not‑for‑profit, which enters into an Agreement with the Agency, as hereinafter defined.

 

(b)        The phrase "an Agreement with the Agency" means any disposition and development agreement, owner participation agreement, development agreement, loan agreement, rehabilitation  agreement,  agreement for the sale of land or any other agreement to which the Agency is a party, regardless of form or title, whereby a developer or owner of property in the City of Los Angeles agrees to develop or cause the development of such property.              An Agreement in which the Agency agrees to subsidize or guarantee a rehabilitation loan to be made to a developer or owner by a lending institution shall be deemed "an Agreement with the Agency" for purposes of this policy.  However, to the extent that an Agreement with the Agency provides for the use of federal financial assistance, this policy is not intended to supersede the prevailing wage requirements, if any, mandated by the federal grant, loan or mortgage insurance program legislation by which such assistance is authorized, but shall be deemed to be supplementary to such requirements.

 

(c)        The phrase "the development of property" means any demolition, construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction or other work of improvement to be performed by or on behalf of an owner or developer in accordance with an Agreement with the Agency.

 

(d)        The phrase "all workers employed in connection with the development of such property" shall mean and refer to each craft, classification or type of worker, as determined by the rules and regulations of the California Department of Industrial Relations, actually employed by the developer or owner, or by a contractor or subcontractor, to perform labor or services in connection with the development of the property. In the case of a family owned business which employs family members, who have an ownership interest in such business, such family‑members shall not be deemed to be "workers employed in connection with the development of such property" for purposes of this policy.

 

(e)        The phrase "prevailing rates of wages" means the general prevailing rate of per diem wages in the locality in which the work is performed, for each craft or type of worker needed to perform the work, and the general prevailing rate for regular, holiday and overtime work in the locality, for each craft or type of worker needed to perform the work, as provided to the Agency by the California Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Section 1773 of the Labor Code.

 

(f)         The phrase "total aggregate cost of construction" means the total sum of costs incurred by the developer or owner in connection with the development of property which is the subject of an Agreement with the Agency, excluding the cost of acquiring the property and also excluding the cost of tenant improvements which are not paid for by the developer of owner, and which are constructed under contract with a contractor other than the general contractor or a sub‑contractor already on the job.  The intent of this Policy is to cover only non‑excluded initial tenant improvements which are part of the construction or substantial rehabilitation contemplated in the Agreement with the Agency.  The "total aggregate cost of construction includes, without limitation, the cost to the developer or owner of contractors' services, architectural and engineering services, materials, direct labor and all other costs which are customarily considered to be costs of construction. In the case of multiple projects which are functionally or substantively related, Agency staff shall determine whether the purposes to be served by this policy require that the costs incurred with respect to such projects must be combined in determining the "total aggregate cost of construction.

 

3.         Implementation of Policy

 

This policy shall be implemented and enforced by Agency staff as follows:

 

(a)        Every Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall contain a provision whereby the developer or owner shall agree to pay or cause to be paid to all workers employed in connection with the development of the property, not less than the prevailing rates of wages, as provided in the statutes applicable to Agency public works contracts, including without limitation Sections 33423‑33426 of the California Health and Safety Code and Sections 1770‑1780 of the California Labor Code. Every Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall also contain a provision incorporating this policy by reference.

 

(b)        Every owner or developer entering into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall include, in all contracts for work relating to the development of the property to which the Agreement applies, a provision whereby the contractor shall agree to pay and shall cause its subcontractors to pay all workers employed in connection with such contact or subcontract not less than the prevailing rates of wages, as provided in the statutes applicable to Agency­ public works contracts, including without limitation Sections 33423‑33426 of the California Health and Safety Code and Sections 1770‑1780 of the California Labor Code.

 

(c)        Prior to the execution of any Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies, Agency staff shall provide a copy of this policy to the owner or developer. It shall be the obligation of the developer or owner to provide copies of this policy to its contractors and subcontractors.

 

(d)        Prior to the commencement of construction, and as soon as practicable, Agency staff shall hold an orientation meeting with any owner or developer who enters into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies, and with the General Contractor of such owner or developer in order to explain such matters as the specific rates of wages to be paid to workers employed in connection with the development of the property, preconstruction conference requirements, recordkeeping and reporting requirements necessary for the evaluation of an owner or developer's compliance with this policy.

 

 


4.         Enforcement

 

(a)        Every owner or developer entering into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall maintain or cause its contractors and subcontractors to maintain an accurate record showing the name, occupation and actual per diem, regular, overtime and holiday wages paid to each worker and fringe benefits (as appropriate) paid to or on behalf of each worker employed in connection with the development of the property, the hours worked by such workers and amounts withheld pursuant to law. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or developer to maintain such records in the event that its contractors or subcontractors do not maintain such records.  Such records shall be open for inspection by Agency staff at reasonable hours.

 

(b)        Agency staff shall periodically monitor compliance with this policy by inspecting payroll records, interviewing workers at the construction site or by other similar means. Any owner or developer entering into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall cooperate with Agency staff in carrying out this policy.

 

(c)        Agency staff shall promptly and thoroughly investigate any claim made by a worker that less than prevailing wages were paid for work performed in connection with the development of property to which this policy applies. Any owner or developer entering into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall cooperate with and cause its contractors and subcontractors to cooperate with Agency staff in carrying out such investigation, and shall promptly pay or cause its contractors or subcontractors to pay any amount determined by Agency staff to be the difference between the applicable prevailing wage for the number of hours worked by the claimant and the amount actually paid to the claimant. At the request of Agency staff, an owner or developer shall withhold funds from its contractor, or cause its contractor to withhold funds from a subcontractor, prior to the completion of such investigation, to ensure that the amount of such restitution, if required, is available.

 

(d).       In the event that the Agency staff determines that a contractor or subcontractor has violated any provision of this policy, the developer or owner and Agency staff shall agree on appropriate measures, in addition to restitution, to ensure that such contractor or subcontractor complies with this policy.  Such measures may include, without limitation, a requirement that during the contract, period the owner or developer withhold funds from the contractor or cause the contractor to withhold funds from the subcontractor, or that the contractor post a bond or provide a letter of credit or other security in an amount sufficient to ensure that workers employed in connection with such contract or subcontract receive the prevailing rates of wages for the work to be performed. Any owner or developer entering into an Agreement with the Agency to which this policy applies shall include in its contracts and require its contractors to include in subcontracts, appropriate provisions by which the provisions of this paragraph may be carried out.

 

(e)        In the event of a dispute between the owner or developer, or its contractors or subcontractors, or a claimant, and the Agency staff with respect to an Agency staff determination, the owner or developer, or its contractors or subcontractors, or the claimant, as the case may be, shall have the opportunity to bring the dispute before the Agency Board for review. The Agency Board may take such action as it deems appropriate, including: (i) affirming the Agency staff determination; (ii) referring the matter back to Agency staff for further investigation; (iii) reversing or modifying the Agency staff determination; (iv) directing the Agency staff to appoint an independent hearing examiner for further investigation; or (v) such other action as the Board may deem appropriate under the circumstances.

 

(f)         Penalties.  In addition to any restitution required by this Policy and/or applicable law, any developer or owner determined by the Agency to have violated any provision of this Policy, shall forthwith pay the following as a penalty to the Agency:

 

                        (1)        Payment of less than Prevailing Wages:

 

$50 per calendar day, or portion thereof, for each worker paid less than prevailing wages.

 

(2)        Failure to Provide all requested Records and/or ­Provide Access to Jobsite or Workers:

 

$5,000 per day, or portion thereof.

 

The provisions of this section 4 (f) shall be included verbatim in the clause required by Section 3 (a) for Agreements with the Agency, and in the clause required by Section 3 (b) for owner and developer agreements.

 

5.         Sanctions

 

Any developer or owner determined by the Agency to have paid less than prevailing wages for work performed in connection with the development of property to which this policy applies, or whose contractors or subcontractors have been found to have paid less than the prevailing rate of wages, shall promptly pay or cause its contractors or subcontractors to pay restitution to any worker to whom wages less than the prevailing rate have been paid. The amount of such restitution shall be the difference between the applicable prevailing wage rate for the number of hours the claimant was found to have worked and the amount actually paid to the worker.  In the event that such restitution is not promptly made, Agency staff may refer the matter to the State Department of Industrial Relations or other appropriate governmental agency or licensing board for further action. In the event that the Agency staff determines that there is a pattern of noncompliance with this policy by any owner or developer, or its contractors or subcontractors, the Agency staff may refer to the State Department of Industrial Relations or other appropriate governmental agency licensing board for further action.  Moreover, in the event that the Agency Agreement involves any direct Agency assistance to the developer or owner, including without limitation, financial assistance, or discretionary Agency action such as the grant of a variation from requirements of the redevelopment plan, or other Agency consideration, the failure by the developer to comply with this policy shall be deemed to be a breach of contract, authorizing the Agency to take all appropriate action, including rescission of the Agreement, or to seek judicial relief for damages or injunctive relief.

 

6.         Waivers

 

The Agency Board reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to waive or modify any provision of this policy with respect to any project, upon a showing that the interests to be served by this policy and the purposes generally of the Community Redevelopment Law will not be adversely affected by such waiver or modification.

 

 

 


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN

 

1.         The contractor, subcontractor or bidder certifies and agrees that it shall immediately make a good faith effort to include within its employ said minorities in numbers proportionate with the goals outlined below:

 

                                                                                             Minorities                        Females

            Non‑Construction

                  All occupational                                                        

                  Categories                                                                 28.3%                               

                  Paraprofessional

                  and Above                                                                28.3%                                28.3%

 

            Construction                                                              Percentage of Hours Worked

 

                  All trades                                                                   28.3%                                6.9%

 

If the contractor(s), subcontractor(s) workforce does not meet the above goals, it shall submit an attachment to this Plan that includes the following:

 

(i)         A utilization evaluation which analyzes (a) minority group representation in all occupational categories and or trades represented by the contractor or subcontractor's employees, (b) hiring practices for the past year including recruitment and testing for all occupational categories and trades represented by the contractor or subcontractors employees and (c) upgrading, transfer and promotion practices for the past year.

 

(ii)        Specific goals and timetables for the prompt achievement of full and equal employment opportunity where deficiencies are shown to exist by the utilization analysis performed in (i) above.

 

(iii)       A table of occupational categories and/or trades including titles, classifications, principal duties and applicable rates of pay utilized by the contractor.

 

Specific good faith efforts to guarantee equal employment opportunity are outlined below:

 

(a)        recruit and make efforts to obtain minorities and females through:

 

(1)        advertising employment opportunities in minority community news media;

 

(2)        notifying minority community organizations of employment opportunities;

 

(3)        maintaining contact with schools and trade institutions with minority and female students to notify them of employment opportunities;

 

(4)        encouraging present minority and female employees to refer their friends and relatives;

 

(5)        promoting after school and vacation employment opportunities for minority and female youth;

 

(6)        validating all employment specifications, selection requirements, tests, etc.;

 

(7)        maintaining a file of the names and addresses of each minority or female worker referred to it and what action it took concerning such workers; and

 

(8)        notifying the Agency in writing when a union with whom it has a collective bargaining agreement has failed to refer a minority or female worker to it.

 

(b)        continually evaluate personnel practices to assure that hiring, upgrading, promotions, transfers, demotions, and lay‑offs are made to achieve and maintain an ethnically balanced work force.

 

(c)        utilize training programs and assist minority and female employees in locating, qualifying for, and engaging in such training programs to enhance their skills and advancement.

 

(d)        secure cooperation or compliance from the labor referral agency to its contractual affirmative action obligations.

 

(e)        establish a person at the management level of the contracting entity to be its Equal Employment Opportunity Officer; such individual to have the authority to disseminate and enforce the Firm's Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Policies.

 

(f)         maintain such records as are necessary to determine compliance with equal employment and affirmative action obligations, and make such records available to City, State, and Federal authorities upon request.

 

2.         The contractor shall make a good faith effort to contract with said minority and female contractors, subcontractors, and vendors for services and supplies by taking affirmative actions which include but are not limited to the following:

 

(a)        advertise invitations for subcontractors' bids in minority community news media.

 

(b)        contact minority and female contractor organizations for referral of prospective subcontractors.

 

(c)        contact any other source likely to yield qualified minority or female contractors and vendors.

 

(d)        make purchases from qualified minority and female owned vendors where practical.

 

3.         The contractor and each subcontractor shall make a good faith effort with respect to apprenticeship and training programs to:

 

(a)        recruit and refer minority and female employees to such programs.

 

(b)        establish training programs within its firm and/or its association that will prepare minority and female employees for advancement opportunities.

 

(c)        abide by the requirements of the Labor Code of the State of California with respect to the provision of apprenticeship opportunities.

 

4.         The contractor and each subcontractor shall establish written company policies, rules, and procedures which shall be encompassed in a company‑wide Affirmative Action Plan for all its operations and contracts. Said policies shall be provided to all its employees, subcontractors, vendors, unions, and all others with whom it may become involved in fulfilling any of its contracts. The company's Affirmative Action Plan shall encompass the requirements contained herein as a minimum.

 

5.         Where problems are experienced by the contractor or the subcontractor in complying with its affirmative action obligations, the contractor or subcontractor shall submit a statement to Equal Opportunity to document their good faith effort to comply with the requirements and shall state the following:

 

(a)        the nature of the problem.

 

(b)        what it attempted to do, how, and on what date.

 

(c)        to whom its efforts were directed.

 

(d)        the response received and date.

 

(e)        what other steps it has taken or will take to comply and when.

 

(f)         why it has been or will be unable to comply.

 

6.         Contractors and subcontractors shall keep employment and other records available to evaluate the Affirmative Action Compliance program, and shall make such records available to the Agency upon request.

 

7.         Designation of Equal Employment Opportunity Officer

 

 

Firm Name and Address

 

 


hereby appoints            Name of Appointee/Previous Title

 

as its Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. The officer has been given the authority to establish, disseminate, and enforce the Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Policies of this firm.

 

The contractor/subcontractor by his signature af f ixed hereto declares under penalty of perjury that:

 

It has read the above AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM requirements.

 

It accepts the requirements contained therein as the basic Affirmative Action Plan for all its operations within the City of Los Angeles (or the applicable workforce recruitment area of the contractor if the contractor is located outside the City of Los Angeles.)

 

 

 

 

 

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DATE                                                              COMPANY NAME

 

 

________________________________        _______________________________________

SIGNATURE                                                  ADDRESS

 

 

________________________________        _______________________________________

NAME AND TITLE                                        CITY, COUNTY, STATE, ZIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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