Overview: 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: An Executive Order requires that employees of most federal contractors be paid a minimum wage of $10.20 per hour. This wage will be adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2018.
Author: Michael Cardman, Legal Editor
Updated to reflect a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658.
As mandated by the US Department of Labor, every employer performing work covered by the labor standards of the Davis-Bacon Act must post the Employee Rights Under the Davis-Bacon Act Poster.
Employment glossary definition of Davis-Bacon Act (DBA).
Employment glossary definition of SCA (McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act).