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California Mechanic’s Lien–New General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages

The California Labor Commissioner and the Employment Development Department are voracious in protecting employee rights, especially as to unpaid wages and benefits. And there are a number of employment lawyers who are ready to spring and bring lawsuits. If you are a California general contractor, you will obviously be making sure all wages and benefits are paid. What if one of your subcontractors does not make such payments? Incredibly, under a new law effective January 1, 2018, the GC is ...
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HOW TO FILE A CALIFORNIA MECHANIC’S LIEN 2018-2019–PART 1

It’s important to know all the “ins and outs” of recording a California mechanic’s lien. Because these liens are extraordinarily technical, National Lien Law has decided to do  a number of separate blogs outlining what a contractor can and cannot do. Here are some of the salient points. Remember, anyone can email us and receive a free California Mechanic’s Lien Law Summary that has much more detail. The effect of the lien: In the United States, mechanic’s lien go back ...
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California Mechanic’s Lien–When to Serve a Pre-Lien Notice

A California mechanic's lien requires certain preliminary prerequisites before its filing. But it only applies to some claimants. Here are some of the basic rules. If you are performing labor for wages only, there is no requirement to serve the 20 day notice. However, if you are performing labor under a stipulated sum contract or T & M/cost plus basis, you must serve the notice. Non-service only applies if you are performing the labor for wages. Assume hypothetically you are ...
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