SOUTH CAROLINA 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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Here are a few must-know information on prevailing wage in South Carolina.
How can I know the current prevailing wage determinations for Davis-Bacon jobs in South Carolina?
The US Government Printing Office publishes a list of general prevailing wage determinations by state. You can find the most current general decisions for South Carolina here.
It is important that you use the most current and also the most appropriate wage determinations. Always refer to the bid spec to ensure you are using the correct wage rates.
The wage determinations are a requirement within bid documents. If you cannot find the determination, contact your contracting agency.
What are the filing requirements of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage jobs in South Carolina?
Where should I file the required paperwork for prevailing wage jobs?
Are there any increases or special determinations on prevailing wage determinations?
What are my obligations for prevailing wage jobs with unlisted or missing classifications?
You need to look at the published general wage and benefit rates for the specialized trade that is most similar to the trade of concern that is unlisted or missing in the list. You need to pay no less than the rate listed for that similar trade.
For example, you are a carpentry contractor, and carpentry is not listed in the general determinations. You can use the prevailing wage of a similar specialized trade, such as plumbing, as a marker for your prevailing wage. You must pay no lower than the prevailing wage for plumbing.
When the special determination has been issued, you need to correct your payroll if you paid lower than what was determined.
Where and how do I obtain a Special Prevailing Wage Determination in South Carolina?
The agency should accomplish a standard form 308. The completed SF-208, or “Request for Determination and Response to Request” should then be sent to the Branch of Construction Wage Determinations, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, of the US Department of Labor, Washington DC 20210.
Note that project decisions are applicable only to that particular project for which they were issued, and they will only be effective for 180 days upon issue. The contractor needs to send a completed SF1444, or “Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate”, to initiate the request.
Are there any regulations on apprentices for public works projects in South Carolina?
Is there a branch of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in the state of South Carolina?
Yes, there is an Associated General Contractors (AGC) branch in South Carolina. The AGC is an excellent resource to assist in the compliance of contractors with the Davis-Bacon requirements in South Carolina. You can refer to their website here.
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Compliance with the Davis-Bacon regulations cannot be emphasized enough. The contracting agency for your public works projects is responsible for initial enforcement of compliance. The agency will hire inspectors who would conduct interviews, assessments and payroll audits to check if you are compliant with the regulations on prevailing wage jobs. Extreme errors or refusal to maintain compliance would lead to the intervention of the Department of Labor.
There can be dire consequences and penalties for non-compliance. To avoid such complications, work with a team that can help you pass smoothly through these regulations. With ARCHER JORDAN, you can conduct your business successfully and with full compliance with the law.