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 and regulations on public works projects are determined largely by the Illinois Department of Labor. Compliance with the different obligations, from filing reports to training compensation, are vital to the success of your business.
Read on to know more about Illinois Prevailing Wage.
A public body, or the Illinois Department of Labor, has the responsibility to investigate and determine the prevailing rate of wages on a countywide basis. This determination is done every June of each calendar year.
To know the appropriate Illinois Prevailing Wage decision to use for a project, it is the duty of the contractor to review the published Illinois wage decisions on a monthly basis. These decisions can be found here.
The Illinois prevailing wage rates determined every June can be revised, with the revision published monthly. If a revision does occur, the public body should notify the contractor of the revised rate, which would apply to public works projects.
These revisions are posted around two weeks before they become effective.
For each job, a Fringe Benefit Statement and Certified Transcript of Payroll should be submitted. When participating on public works, you are also required to submit monthly certified payroll records to the public body who awarded the contract.
Contractors and subcontractors in Illinois need to keep accurate records of the name, address, telephone number, social security number, classification/occupation, and a breakdown of wages for each laborer, worker, and mechanic employed for public projects.
These records must be kept for at least three years, under the Freedom of Information Act, and open at all reasonable hours for inspection by the public body awarding the contract and by the Department of Labor.
If the contractor pays the benefits portion of the prevailing wage rate into a bona fide fund rather than directly to the employee, the amount of credit is calculated by dividing the annual contribution (contribution per month multiplied by the months in a year) by the number of working hours in a year,
The resulting amount of credit is the amount that can be subtracted from the direct pay per hour for the benefit portion of the wage rate.
Under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, all covered contractors have to pay the training component as part of the prevailing wage.
Employers need to be part of a recognized apprenticeship program, and should also accomplish the registration form for the training. If you are not part of a recognized apprenticeship program, this training component would be paid directly to the employee. If the per-hour training cost is less than the training component required by prevailing wage, you are also obliged to pay the difference to the employee.
Apprentice rates are determined by the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ILLINOIS PREVAILING WAGE FROM ARCHER JORDAN
Various state entities oversee the compliance and enforcement of the prevailing wage regulations within Illinois. The Illinois Department of Labor oversees the prevailing wage regulations. The Department of Human Rights investigates discrimination complaints, and the IL Department of Employment Security handles unemployment claims. The Workers’ Compensation Commission handles compensation cases. The Conciliation and Mediation Department of the Illinois Department of Labor handles prevailing wage compliance and enforcement in Illinois.
Compliance with the different regulations, from prevailing wage rate determinations, workers’ compensation and employment rights, can be challenging for you as a contractor. With ARCHER JORDAN, you can learn more about your duties and obligations regarding Illinois prevailing wage. Our team will help your business move forward smoothly with the government.