Davis-Bacon Act (Federal Prevailing Wage)

After nearly 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its regulations and issued a Final Rule for the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), effective October 23, 2023. The Davis-Bacon Act, originally enacted in 1931, requires contractors and subcontractors performing construction work on federal contracts to pay their workers at least the

Effective August 1, 2023, contractors will be liable for their subcontractors’ unpaid wages to employees for all new or amended construction contracts on or after that date. Yes, you heard that right. Contractors are now on the hook for the proper payment of wages to their subcontractor’s employees. The amendment can be found here

On June 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) submitted a notice of proposed changes to its wage information collection form, WD-10, that it uses to determine prevailing wages. The WHD is also proposing a new optional form, WD-10A, which it will use before sending out the

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its decision to once again issue Opinion Letters, Ruling Letters, Administrator Interpretations and Field Assistance Bulletins.  They will be published on the DOL website here, along with past opinions (pre-2009).  Interpretations by the DOL Administrator that interpret the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Davis-Bacon Act

Band Aid ClockA year after President Obama’s executive order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors, the DOL has finally published its final rule, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, at 29 CFR Part 13. For those of you not wanting to read all 466 pages of the Final Rule, I’ll try to summarize the

ConstructionEach month I receive in my inbox the City of Minneapolis’ Compliance Monthly – a newsletter that the Minnesota Department of Civil Rights Contract Compliance Divisions publishes. Often, as it does in the September 2016 edition, it toots its own horn about how many contractors they have “held accountable”, and how much they have collected

Construction progress of the U.S. Bank Stadium (new Minnesota Vikings stadium), as seen from the Haaf Ramp in Downtown East, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 3 December 2015.

The Minneapolis City Council significantly amended its Prevailing Wage Ordinance today.  The revised ordinance will go into effect following publication (generally 8 days after the approval of the revisions).  Accordingly, the revisions will likely be finalized before July 1, 2016. The revisions provide individuals with a private right of action for violations (they can sue

MinneapolisMinneapolis recently “reaffirmed” its commitment to the 2015 Minnesota Responsible Contractor Act, Minn. Stat. 16C.285, and enacted additional factors and implementation procedures when determining whether a contractor is “responsible” for purposes of being awarded public construction projects.  Are you a responsible contractor?  If you are a contractor doing business with the State of Minnesota