ARKANSAS PREVAILING WAGE
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!
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How much should a public construction project cost in Arkansas so that prevailing wage regulations will apply?
(a) public school construction;
(b) work done for any drainage;
(c) highway, road, street, or bridge construction and maintenance and other related works contracted by the town, city, county, or the Arkansas Highway Department.
How often is the schedule of prevailing wage updated for Arkansas?
How will we know if there will be an update to the Arkansas prevailing wage rates?
Is there a fixed rate for overtime incurred in prevailing wage projects in Arkansas?
Is there a different rate for work incurred during weekends for Arkansas’ public construction projects?
For work hours incurred on legal holidays, the pay is up to you, the contractor. If you give your employees holidays or vacations, then you can take a credit toward the employee’s fringe benefit.
The Arkansas prevailing wage regulations do not enforce different wage rates for different shifts (day shift and graveyard shift).
What are the allowed fringe benefits for prevailing wage workers in Arkansas?
- medical or hospital care,
- compensation for occupational injuries and illness,
- vacation and holiday pay,
- costs of apprenticeship, and
other bona fide fringe benefits.
How much should I pay for my apprentices in Arkansas? Do I need to contribute for any training fund?
If I am hiring apprentices for my public construction project in Arkansas, what are the things I should remember?
- track the education of your apprentice,
- provide a certified copy of the apprentice’s enrolment in a certified apprenticeship program, and
- provide the current completion percentage.
If an apprentice is not enrolled in a BAT-approved apprenticeship school, then he must be paid the full journeyman rate in the prevailing wage schedule.
How should I compute for my apprentice’s compensation if he is enrolled in a BAT certified school or program?
How many apprentices can I hire for my public construction project in Arkansas?
What is the apprenticeship document I should secure if I am employing apprentices?
Do I need to pay for my prevailing wage worker’s travel and subsistence?
As a contractor, is there any licensing requirement I should take note of when taking government projects?
Your contracting company should be licensed by the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC workers must also be licensed by the state. Licenses must all be valid during the time of the project.
For Electrical Contractors:
To obtain a license, contractor must submit the following to the Board:
(a) Board-approved application form;
(b) documentary proof that the electrical contractor is a master electrician who must be licensed;
(c) a statement under oath, executed by the master electrician, that he is affiliated with other electrical contractor and that he is employed as a manager or superintendent of the applicant electrical contractor. This applies only if the electrical contractor is not itself a master electrician.
For Master Electricians:
The following requirements must be met to obtain a master electrician license:
(a) a degree in electrical engineering PLUS one year of experience; or
(b) at least 6 years’ experience in the construction industry (both residential and commercial) INCLUDING 2 years’ experience as a licensed journeyman electrician; or
(c) any combination of training and experience as the board may approve, (e.g. formal electrical apprenticeship programs specifically approved by the board, on-the-job training specifically approved by the board, or a combination of training and construction experience that is determined by the board to be equivalent to that as specified in (a) or (b)
For Journeyman Electricians:
The following must be met to earn a license as journeyman electrician:
(a) at least 4 years or 8,000 hours of experience in electrical work, subject to board approval;
(b) at least 4 years of training or experience, or a combination of both, subject to board approval, including formal apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and other electrical training programs, whether private or public; or
(c) “Notice of Apprenticeship Committee Action – Released for Test” issued by the corresponding training program, if applicable, and subject to approval by the Department of Workforce Education. The journeyman electrician may take the examination upon completing 4 years of training and submitting a duly approved Released for Test form.
(d) Maintenance experience in electrical work may be considered provided:
(1) the applicant has completed a BAT-approved construction sponsored apprenticeship program; and
(2) electrical work must be:
(A) performed under the direct supervision of an engineer, licensed master electrician, or licensed journeyman electrician; and
(B) verified and documented in detail; and
(3) experience must either:
(A) have at least 4 years or 8,000 hours of experience in electrical work, subject to board approval; or
(B) have at least 6 years or 10,000 hours or experience in electrical maintenance work, 2 years of which have been used in electrical construction.
What are the penalties for contractors violating the prevailing wage requirements in Arkansas?
Who maintains the list of contractors not allowed to bid on public works contracts?
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