California Oil Refineries Must Use Skilled Labour

California Senate Bill 54 (“SB 54”), which is codified at California Health & Safety Code section 25536.7, became effective on January 1, 2014. It requires oil refiners in California to use a “skilled and trained workforce” when contracting for certain construction work at their refineries and to pay its contractors “prevailing wages” for such work. It is one of the first laws of its kind in the nation in that it requires private entities to pay “prevailing wages”—which are typically much higher than market wages and otherwise apply only to public works contracts—for work performed under private construction contracts.

Source: Lewis BrisBois