Common Questions About Prevailing Wage Projects

Common Questions about Prevailing Wage Projects
Bidding on and performing prevailing wage projects can be a great strategy to grow your business. However, many companies avoid working on public works thinking that the administration and compliance factors will be too time-consuming. But partnering with a knowledgeable prevailing wage source, like Beneco, can help you navigate some of the uncertainty that contractors often feel when working on these projects.

From our 35 years of experience, we have been asked many questions about prevailing wage work. Here are eight of the most common questions we have heard throughout the years:

  1. What projects fall under prevailing wage guidelines? All federally funded construction projects over $2,000 are subject to the Davis-Bacon Act.
  2. Do individual state laws also apply? Yes, many states have their own prevailing wage laws, which are modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon Act. However, they may include key differences compared to federal projects. Please contact us to learn more about your specific state.
  3. Where do I find my local prevailing wage rates? Wage determinations are available on the website.
  4. Which employees need to be paid prevailing wages? All laborers and mechanics on qualifying projects whose duties are manual or physical in nature qualify for prevailing wage rates.
  5. What are the approved methods of paying fringe dollars to my employees? The fringe portion of the prevailing wage can be comprised of ANY combination of cash wages and creditable “bona fide” fringe benefits, including retirement, health & welfare, vacation & holiday, and/or a qualified apprentice plan.
  6. How often do I need to process payroll? On federally funded projects, payroll must be paid on a weekly basis.
  7. Do I have to submit certified payroll? Yes, certified payroll must be submitted for all prevailing wage projects.
  8. How do I calculate overtime? Fringe benefits must be paid for all hours worked, including overtime hours. However, fringe dollars paid to a bona fide benefits plan do not need to be paid at time and a half.

If any of these topics are keeping you up at night, let us know, and we will set up a free call to review prevailing wage project strategies with you specific to your company.

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