Davis Bacon Related Acts

Resources for Florida prevailing wage contractors



Whether you are just starting out as a prevailing wage contractor or just looking to keep yourself updated, we have compiled these resources about state prevailing wage. Here are the most common questions of prevailing wage contractors and workers to help expand your knowledge!

Prevailing wage of workers for government contractors in Florida are regulated by the Davis Bacon Act. Here are some information about prevailing wage contractors that you need to know if you are dealing with the government. For help with fully compliant fringe benefit plans in Florida please get in-touch via email or give us a call today!

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Where do prevailing wage contractors in Florida submit their documents?
The General contractor of the project receives the paperwork. He will forward the documents to the contracting agency. Some of the documents to be submitted are the Certified Payroll Reports which are needed on a weekly basis. It is important to contact the contracting agency to confirm if there are additional paperwork that needs to be filed.
Does Florida have a regulation for apprenticeship?
No. The state of Florida doesn’t require contractors to request for apprentices. There is no training fund allocated for them. However, a contractor must follow the apprenticeship committee’s regulations if he is affiliated to any, and must give contributions to the training fund. Wages for apprentices are not part of the wage decision of a Davis-Bacon Act project.
Where do we get Florida wage determinations based on the Davis Bacon Act?
A prevailing wage decision should already be included in the bid documents. The awarding body or contracting agency in Florida should be informed if it was not included. You can also check the wage rates published by the US Government Printing Office in their website. The prevailing wage rates are determined using the rates paid to majority of the workers in a nearby labor market or locality. However, this may be different from the information found in your bidding documents.
Where should we request for a special prevailing wage determination?
First, the contractor sends a request to authorize additional classification and rate to the agency or contracting officer. The agency will then submit a Standard Form 308 (SF-308) to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. Decisions issued are specific for each project and will only be valid for 180 days.
Do prevailing wages for contractors increase under the Davis-Bacon Act?
The prevailing wages determined are already fixed for a particular project. There are no pre-determined increases. An awarding body can ask for a special determination by the DBRA for each job and may contain pre-determined increases. At least 30 days are needed for this process. Once approved, the special determination will be given to the contractor by the awarding body or contracting agency.
What are my obligations under the Davis Bacon Act in Florida?
You need to check the wage and fringe benefits rates posted on the general Davis-Bacon Act Wage Decision for the smallest specialized trade that is similar to your trade. A contractor should not pay less than that rate. For instance, the prevailing wage for a carpentry contractor should not be lower than that of a plumbing contractor. If not, the payroll must be corrected.


The prevailing wage in public projects in Florida are determined by the federal government. On-site inspections, audits and interviews are done by inspectors to ensure compliance to the Davis-Bacon Act. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) in Florida can help you with your Davis-Bacon requirements.
A fringe benefit specialist like ARCHER JORDAN can help you with the management aspect of your business. Contact us today to know more about our services or to get further advice about prevailing wage in Florida.

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