HUD Issues Update to Labor Standards Handbook

    HUD’s Office of Labor Relations has launched a new set of news bulletins that will keep mailing list subscribers up-to-date on all developments and events concerning labor standards administration and enforcement in HUD programs. To subscribe to these bulletins, click here. Most recently, HUD announced a revision to the Handbook 1344.1, Federal Labor Standards Requirements in Housing […]


    California Prevailing Wage Law: Threshold Amount

    Prevailing wage is imposed when: 1. A state, municipal, or local agency administers public funds for works of improvement which exceed $1,000; or, 2. Certain lease arrangements where a building is privately owned, and: A. A public entity leases 50% of the space in the building before construction begins; OR B. The building is built […]


    California Apprenticeship Programs

    Apprenticeships, although equating to only 3% of total construction industry employment, are key to sustaining the workforce that builds California’s public works projects. They allow aspiring construction workers the opportunity to earn good wages with health insurance and retirement benefits as they learn to build the infrastructure upon which California depends. Recently, data from the […]


    Arizona E-Verify Decision in Relation to Other States

    The recent Supreme Court decision on part of Arizona’s immigration law (SB 1070) does not impact legislation related to E-Verify. This decision dealt with the section of SB 1070 that states it is unlawful for an individual to apply for employment in the state without federal work authorization. The law is not expected to have a large […]


    Prime Contractors to Monitor Subcontractors on Prevailing Wage and Labor Law Requirements

    Increasingly prime contractors are finding themselves in hot water with the Department of Labor for their subcontractors’ behavior.  Recently, Lettire Construction Corp and 16 of its subcontractors were found to have violated provisions of the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts as well as the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. The filing upholds the […]


    Kickoff of B2Gnow and LCPtracker Systems

    This past week we hosted a couple of training/presentation sessions to kick off the use of the B2Gnow and LCPtracker hosted web-based contract and labor compliance systems, that was implemented through a joint effort  between the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses (OSDB), Engineering and Construction’s (E&C) Compliance staff, and Technology. I’d like to share a […]


    E-Verify Law in Pennsylvania

    Effective January 1, 2013, in the state of Pennsylvania, all public works contractors and sub-contractors will be mandated to use and enroll in E-Verify. Public work is defined as construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, and/or repair work other than maintenance done under contract in excess of $25,000. Under the new law, The Public Works Employment Verification Act, public […]


    California Supreme Court Changes Prevailing Wage Rule for Charter Cities

    Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos, Carlsbad and more than 100 other California charter cities don’t have to pay union-like wages on construction projects funded by local tax dollars, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. Vista claims to have saved an estimated $2 million on labor by paying less than “prevailing rates” when it spent $100 million on a […]


    Federal Davis-Bacon Requirements: Mixed Funding Projects

    A pure Davis-Bacon project is easy to spot because the main contract is between the prime contractor and the U.S. Department of XXXX. The work is performed on a military base (Department of Defense), for a federal penitentiary or courthouse (Department of Justice), the U.S. Post Office, or The Army Corp of Engineers, etc. Prevailing wage gets […]


    Federal Davis-Bacon Requirements: Withholding and Debarment

    A prime contractor is ALWAYS the guarantor of prevailing wages due to a worker on a project. That means if your subcontractor goes out of business, leaves the country or just flat does not pay his/her workers the correct prevailing wage rate, the prime contractor will be responsible to see that those wages are paid. Whether or […]


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