California and Maryland state laws hold general contractors directly liable for subcontractors’ failure to observe wage and hour requirements for their employees on construction projects. While there have been similar provisions in the federal Davis-Bacon Act and other state prevailing wage laws, those laws have been limited to publicly funded construction projects. The new laws in California and Maryland also applies to private construction projects performed in the state–thus significantly expanding the scope of potential liability. California’s law is already in effect, and Maryland’s law will take effect this October.
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