Cook Brown’s record of success in the most challenging corners of labor and employment law – from negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, to defending a claim of withdrawal liability to opposing a wage and penalty assessment – sets our firm apart. For more than three decades we have represented employer interests and guided employers through tumultuous times on the compliance front.


Private Nonprofit Hospital Construction and Ready-Mixed Concrete to Require Prevailing Wage in '16

While California law has long required employers to pay the prevailing wage rate on public facilities construction projects and private projects receiving public funds, private nonprofit hospitals using bonds to fund construction didn’t fall under the same umbrella. Similarly, only on-site construction workers were paid the prevailing wage, while suppliers delivering materials to the project were exempt. Learn about how all that changes in 2016.

And read the interesting back story and reasoning behind the change in Labor Law Today, AB 219 and AB 852: Two More Skirmishes in the Larger Battle for Control of Construction Work.


DIR Temporarily Suspends eCPR Reporting on Public Works Projects

On January 21, 2016, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) issued an Important Notice notifying the public that, due to reported difficulties with the electronic certified payroll (eCPR) system, DIR is temporarily staying enforcement of the eCPR requirements, effective immediately, to explore ways to improve and upgrade the reporting process.  The notice indicates DIR anticipates that the upgrades should be completed by June, 2016. The notice also cautions that it only applies to the obligation to submit CPRs into DIR’s eCPR system and does not impact the public works contractor registration requirements or the requirement to maintain certified payroll reports under the prevailing wage law in general.  For more information, access the Important Notice here.



Stephen R. McCutcheon Named Partner at Cook Brown

Please join us in congratulating Steve. With nearly 20 years of experience as a litigator and attorney, he represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination claims, and the day-to-day difficulties of complying with California’s employment laws. Steve is also active in construction industry organizations, and assists contractors with bidding and contract formation, and pursuit of contract, stop notice, payment bond, and mechanic’s lien claims.