Do You Work On A Construction Site That Receives Federal Funds?
This month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reached a settlement with MDG Design & Construction, LLC and others to resolve wage violations at a construction project in New York that was federally-assisted. MDG and others agreed to pay $3.8 million to MDG’s subcontractors’ construction workers who were not paid properly. This is in addition to another payment of more than $1.1 million in back wages to other laborers.
Because the construction project was federally funded, the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) apply which require that all contractors and subcontractors pay laborers and mechanics at least the locally “prevailing wages” including fringe benefits. The “prevailing wage” is a set wage that is calculated looking at the basic hourly rate plus any fringe benefits in the Act’s wage determination. These wage determinations can be found online at wdol.gov/dba.aspx.