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 in every state must comply with the guidelines set by the Davis-Bacon Act. As responsible prevailing wage contractors, it falls upon your shoulders to ensure that these regulations are strictly imposed and followed by your company. To know more about prevailing wage in Alabama here are some information about prevailing wage contractors like you.
The list of Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations, including the Alabama prevailing wage, can be found at the US Government Printing Office. To ensure that the prevailing wage rates that you are using are accurate, cross-check the prevailing wage rates published by the US Government Printing Office with the bid specifications for your public works project.
Alabama Davis-Bacon jobs are required to have weekly certified payroll reports. Depending on the contracting agency you’re working with, they might ask for additional paperwork. To be sure about your requirements, clarify the requirements with the contracting agency. Paperwork must be filed with the General Contractor of the project, who will then submit the paperwork to the contracting agency.
In Alabama, there are no state-mandated apprenticeship regulations in place. There are also no general training fund or requirement to request apprentices. However, to prevailing wage contractors with apprenticeship committees, they must comply with the regulations set by the committee and donate to their training fund.
Prevailing wage contractors have certain obligations under the Davis-Bacon Act. While waiting for the Department of Labor’s response, you are required to pay no less than the wage and benefit rates stated by Davis-Bacon wage decision for the lowest specialized job that best resembles the work in question. After the special determination has been made, you must fix your payroll accordingly.
Requests for special prevailing page determinations by prevailing wage contractors must be done at the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor by the agency or the contracting officer. To request a special prevailing wage determination, you must answer the Request for Determination and Response to Request (SF -308) and send it to the US Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, Branch Construction Wage Determinations, Washington D.C. 20210. The decision for the special prevailing wage rate is only effective for 180 days, and is only applicable to the project they are issued for.
Generally, there are no pre-determined increases for Davis-Bacon jobs in Alabama. However, for special determinations, after the 30-day processing, might contain pre-determined increases. These special determinations must be contained in the bid documents. Wage decisions are decided by the Department of Labor.
The responsibility to hire inspectors to ensure that prevailing wage contractors are in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act falls under the jurisdiction of the contracting agency. If issues have been found, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor will be sent for further inspection and investigation.
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Alabama has no state prevailing wage law, which is why all public works project fall under the mandate of the federal Davis-Bacon Act. Prevailing wage contractors are mandated to follow the rules set by the federal Department of Labor.
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