Quick Guidelines for CT Government Contractors
Connecticut has its own state prevailing wage law, under the Connecticut General Statutes, Sections 31-53 and 31-53a. The prevailing wage law governs all government contracts made for “the construction, remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works projects of the State.”
Connecticut’s prevailing wage law mandates the prevailing wage rates that contractors like you must give your hourly workers. The prevailing wage rate consists of a base rate and a fringe benefit rate that must be paid, either in cash or in benefits form.
Connecticut Public Works Project Threshold Requirement
Before the prevailing wage rate is applied, your public works project must meet a monetary threshold. Connecticut’s prevailing wage law will not apply when:
- The total cost of the public works project by all contractors working on the project is less than $100,000.
- The total cost of the remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair of any public works project is less than $100,000.
Determination of Connecticut’s Prevailing Wage Rates
The prevailing wage rates of Connecticut are adjusted on or before July 1, on a yearly bass. The annual updates are posted on the Department of Labor’s website. The Department of Labor will issue the initial wage rate schedule for your public works project. However, it is your responsibility to be up to date with the wage rates increase.
Most of Connecticut’s prevailing wage rates are based on union rates. If there is an increase on union rates, there will also be increase on the state’s prevailing wage rates.
Fringe Benefits for your Connecticut’s Prevailing Wage Project
Part of the prevailing wage rate published by the Department of Labor is the fringe benefit rate that you must pay to your hourly workers. The fringe benefit rate can be paid in cash, or can be in the form of bona fide benefits.
Example of these bona fide fringe benefits are: medical and hospital care, pension and retirement, life insurance, disability, vacation and holiday, and other bona fide fringe benefits.
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