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Prevailing Wage

  1. Should overtime be defined as work over 40 hours in a 7 day time period?

  2. How long can an entry-level or on-the-job trainee be paid the 50% journeyman rate? What is the criteria to track the hours of progression for when these trainees should be paid the full journeyman rate?

  3. As a contractor, how do I obtain a copy of the prevailing wage rate for a specific project?

  4. Section 292.675 requires 10-hour safety training stipulations in all public works contracts. Does Section 290.230(5) (that exempts public works projects valued below $75,000) have any impact on this requirement for training?

  5. Can contractors take credit for the fringes they pay on behalf of their employees if they pay prevailing wages? What about if they pay the public works contracting minimum wage (PWCMW)?

  6. When DOLIR computes both the hourly wage rate for each occupational title in each county and the ”public works contracting minimum wage” (PWCMW) in each county, are fringe benefits added to the basic hourly rate?

  7. How does the new law impact the ratio of journeymen to "apprentice" and "entry-level" workers and their rate of pay?

  8. Does the law allow for annual wage orders to be changed once per year based upon hours worked under a collective bargaining agreement?

  9. What is the "Public Works Contracting Minimum Wage"?

  10. How is the Public Works Contracting Minimum Wage (PWCMW) calculated?

  11. When will the new annual wage order containing the prevailing wage and the public works contracting minimum wage (PWCMW) rates be released?

  12. When determining the Prevailing Wage and PWCMW rates, are fringe benefits added to to the hourly rate?

  13. Are all hours reported for occupational titles being consolidated into one occupational title be added together to set a rate?

  14. Are the mandatory rates for overtime and holidays based only upon the hourly rate or on the total hourly wage including fringe?

  15. If a public body were to split up a project into phases, each of them costing less than $75,000, would the prevailing wage apply?

  16. What is the existing timeline for calculating the annual prevailing wage rate?

  17. If the estimated cost for a public works construction project is $75,000 or less, but cost overruns actually push the cost to $80,000, should the public entity pay the prevailing wage or the public works contracting minimum wage (PWCMW) for the project? If so, should such wage be paid for the entire project or only for the part of the project over $75,000?

  18. Should a contractor report hours worked in the previous fiscal year or the previous calendar year?

  19. If a contractor knows of a wage violation (even though they didn’t win that particular bid), can they file a complaint against another contractor or against the public body granting the contract?

  20. What is the Annual Wage Order?

  21. What is the prevailing wage?

  22. What is the difference between major repair and maintenance?

  23. How is the proper prevailing wage rate calculated for the wage order?

  24. Who should receive prevailing wage rates?

  25. Is there a minimum dollar amount before a project is considered a public works project?

  26. I performed work on a particular project. Should I have received prevailing wages for the work performed?

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