What are Prevailing Wages and how does it affect doing business with the District?
All workers employed on public works projects must be paid the prevailing wage determined by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) according to the type of work and location. The prevailing wage rates are usually based on rates specified in collective bargaining agreements. Generally, prevailing wage rates are required for any public works project of $1,000 or more. Public Works refers to construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work (including maintenance work) done under contract (including purchase order) on any publicly owned or publicly operated real property, and/or on any machinery or other equipment permanently attached to publicly owned or publicly operated real property. The work done is or was paid for, in whole or in part, with public funds. Specific exclusions include janitorial or custodial services of a routine, recurring, or usual nature, and protection of the sort provided by guards, watchmen, or other security forces. The vendor providing services on a public works project is solely responsible for ensuring that prevailing wage rates are quoted in any bid for services, and that those wages are paid to the employees of the vendor and any vendor subcontractors providing services. Please refer to the DIR website at www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/Prevailing-Wage.html for further information.

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1. What does the District do?
2. How do I become a vendor for the District?
3. Do I need a Business License to conduct business with the District?
4. How are purchases solicited?
5. How does the procurement process work?
6. Do I need a contractor's license?
7. I am a professional in “XYZ” field. Do I need a license?
8. What are Prevailing Wages and how does it affect doing business with the District?
9. What are the DIR registration requirements for work on any District public works projects?
10. What is an authorized purchase?
11. How will I receive a Purchase Order?
12. What do I do when I receive a purchase order?
13. What about gifts and gratuities?
14. How do I get paid?
15. Are there any insurance requirements?
16. What are the District’s safety concerns?