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California Appellate Court Holds That A General Contractor is Responsible for Paying Its Unlicensed Subcontractors Employees Wages

In a case entitled Sanders Construction Co. Inc. v. Cerda (June 2009), a California Appellate Court held that the employees of an unlicensed subcontractor are "statutory employees" of the general contractor. As a result, the general contractor was liable for the unpaid wages that were due to the unlicensed subcontractors employees.

Public Works Contracting-Liquidated damages

In case entitled Greg Opinski Construction v. City of Oakdale (Cal. Ct. App. October 6, 2011) a California Appellate Court held that when a public works contract requires notice is given as a condition for getting an extension of time and notice is not given the contractor cannot later claim that the delay was caused by the public entity. This is noteworthy since it refutes prior precedent that allowed a contractor to assert that the liquidated damages should not be assessed since the public entity delayed the project during a period of concurrent delay.

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