Frequently asked questions on State Prevailing Wage
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 Louisiana workers are determined by the Department of Labor based on the Davis-Bacon Act. This started after the state prevailing wage law was repealed in 1988. The prevailing wage is determined using the hourly rates of workers who are situated in the locality or those who have a similar type of work or craft. Read on below for more information.
How do I know which prevailing wage should I use for a Louisiana public project?. . .
You can check out the website of the US Government Printing Office for a list of wage determinations that is applicable to Louisiana. Always remember that the information found in the website may not be applicable to the project you are working on. Check the wage decision in the bidding documents given to you. If you don’t find it, contact the awarding body or contracting agency of the project.
Do I need to submit documents for a Davis-Bacon Act project in Louisiana?. . .
The Certified Payroll Reports (CPR) are needed to be submitted to the general contractor every week. The reports are forwarded to the contracting agency. However, they may require you to submit additional documents if necessary. You can also ask the Associated General Contractors (AGC) based in Louisiana for other documentary requirements.
Is it possible to increase the Louisiana prevailing wage rates under the Davis-Bacon Act?. . .
Prevailing wage determinations usually don’t have pre-determined increases for the entire length of the project. However, the awarding body can request for a special wage determination for a specific job in a project. Such requests may have pre-determined increases. The contracting agency or awarding body of the project will give you the special determination once it is approved.
How do I request for a special prevailing wage determination for a project?. . .
The process usually takes a minimum of 30 days. You need to initiate the request by accomplishing the SF1444 and submit it to the agency or contracting officer. They will then submit a request for special wage determination using the Standard Form 308 or SF-308 to the Department of Labor.
Prevailing wage jobs that are not listed or unclassified will undergo a conformance procedure. Separate wage decisions are issued for each project. They are only valid for 180 days.
Are there regulations for apprentices working in Davis-Bacon Act Louisiana projects?. . .
There are no regulations, general training fund and a need to request for apprenticeship in Louisiana. However, a prevailing wage contractor may be contracted to an apprenticeship committee. The contractor must abide by the regulations set by the committee and give contributions to the training fund. Prevailing wages for apprentices are set by the committee and are not included in the wage decision for a Davis-Bacon Act project.
Who checks if Louisiana prevailing wage contractors follow the Davis-Bacon Act?. . .
The contracting agency of a project hires inspectors to help enforce the Davis-Bacon Act. They will do audits and interviews for prevailing wage jobs in Louisiana. The contracting agency also checks the payroll records. Any errors will be reported to the Department of Labor for further investigation.
Make sure that prevailing wage workers get the correct benefits with ARCHER JORDAN
When you engage in a business transaction with the government, you need to make sure that you will be able to follow all of the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act. If you are quite confused on the process, our team in ARCHER JORDAN is willing to help you out. Feel free to ask us for any concerns regarding prevailing wage contractors.