Construction Contracts

Editor's Note: Employers that enter into construction contracts with the federal government must pay their workers prevailing wages and fringe benefits.

Michael CardmanOverview: The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts regulate federal contracts of more than $2,000 for the construction, alteration or repair of public buildings and public works. Contractors and subcontractors working under Davis-Bacon must pay their workers at least the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area, as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Trends: President Obama has issued an Executive Order requiring that employees working under the Davis-Bacon Act be paid a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour starting January 1, 2015.

Author: Michael Cardman, Legal Editor

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HR guidance on complying with the requirements for federal construction contracts.