Article by Jade Banks
LCPtracker Labor Advisor
The recently installed Secretary of Labor’s address at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention on September 10, 2013, reaffirmed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) commitment to aggressively seek out employers who underpay laborers and mechanics working on projects covered by Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements. Thomas E. Perez, chosen by President Obama to lead the DOL and advance his administration’s labor objectives, made clear that the DOL will maintain its strong enforcement posture to protect construction workers’ right to prevailing wages and to penalize violating employers.
Beginning with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, DOL has been revamping and progressively escalating its investigative capacity and enforcement activity; DOL is doing four times as many Davis-Bacon investigations as it did in 2008. Secretary Perez made clear that his strategy moving forward includes continued emphasis on enforcement: securing back wages for underpaid workers and debarring egregious offenders. He also noted his priority on combating the illegal practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors, calling this practice “workplace fraud.”
What does all of this mean? It means that LCPtracker clients have made a good choice. Prime contractors and subcontractors using LCPtracker are protected from many of the avoidable prevailing wage and reporting errors. And agencies have the confidence that LCPtracker’s comprehensive and robust validation filters automatically identify and track any compliance discrepancies and corrections made. It means that LCPtracker clients are much more likely to pass a DOL or other prevailing wage audit with flying colors.
At LCPtracker, we’re committed to providing the best record-keeping, compliance and reporting tools. If you’re not already among our clients, we invite you to contact us so we can demonstrate for you the extraordinarily comprehensive, efficient and effective features and support LCPtracker clients enjoy.