DOL Hosts Third Annual Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminar

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will host sessions for its third annual virtual Prevailing Wage Seminar on Tuesday, September 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET, which will include a question-and-answer session focused on Davis-Bacon topics. Registration for the sessions is now open on the WHD’s website.

The 1931 Davis-Bacon Act and related regulations require contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federal and federally funded construction projects to pay a government-determined prevailing wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site construction workers. The DOL estimates the Davis-Bacon Act and 71 active related acts collectively apply to approximately $217 billion in federal and federally assisted construction spending per year and provide government-determined wage rates for an estimated 1.2 million U.S. construction workers.

The WHD is currently working on finalizing a proposed rule that would make over 50 significant changes to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage regulations.

On May 17, ABC filed nearly 70 pages of comments opposing the proposed rule, which would reverse prior reforms, expand Davis-Bacon requirements to new industries and activities and increase administrative burdens on federal contractors.

ABC also surveyed contractor members to gather insight on the potentially harmful impacts of this proposal and utilized the data gathered in its comments.

Continue to monitor Newsline for additional information on the rulemaking.