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Resources for Kentucky 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 rates for Kentucky public workers follow the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act. Those who are planning to conduct business with the government should be aware of the correct process in order to ensure compliance. Read on below for more information. For help with fully compliant fringe benefit plans in Kentucky please get in-touch via email or give us a call today!

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How do I determine which prevailing wage will I use for a particular project in Kentucky?
Current prevailing wage rates are posted on the labor cabinet webpage, however these are for reference purposes only. The awarding body of the project should accomplish the ES-48 form and fax it to (502) 696-1897 to get the correct rates for prevailing wage. The Kentucky public authority should also include the correct prevailing wage rates in the bidding documents of the contractors.
What prevailing wage documents should be filed for public projects in Kentucky?
Certified payroll reports need to be submitted. However, a form specific for the state of Kentucky is not available. The form WH-347 can be used or any other form that contains similar information. Many contractors also submit the Fringe Benefit Statement in order to report rates of contributions even though it is not required by the state
How often should prevailing wage contractors make contributions to bona fide plans?
The Division of Employment Standards of Kentucky states that the frequency of remittances for bona fide plans should follow the schedule indicated in the plans adoption agreement. Annualization of the contributions is needed only if a prevailing wage contractor will cover a portion of the contributions to the benefit plan and will pay the remaining amount in the form of cash to the employee.
Does Kentucky require contractors to train apprentices?
Apprenticeship is not mandated by the state. A training program will be recognized if it is registered. Prevailing wage projects does not include training rates for apprentices.
Which state entities govern prevailing wage in Kentucky?
The Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Mediation is responsible for determining the correct prevailing wage rates for the workers of Kentucky. The commissioner may organize hearings for each locality or follow the prevailing wage set by the Davis-Bacon Act. They also ensure compliance to the Davis-Bacon Act and resolve any issues regarding the enforcement of the act. It conducts hearings and issues wage determinations in accordance with regulatory and statutory requirements.


The process for prevailing wage determinations may become quite confusing for some contractors. This should be done in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act to avoid violations and sanctions.
Consult our team in ARCHER JORDAN regarding the benefits that prevailing wage workers are entitled to. We will make sure that you will get all of the latest information you need regarding prevailing wage in Kentucky.

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