Connecticut Prevailing Wages laws & compensation compliance analysis

Connecticut Prevailing Wages: What you need to know

A prevailing wage is a rate of pay determined by government authorities to be the norm in a particular geographic area for a given class of labor and type of project. Prevailing wage determinations are made using local data and are equivalent to union rates in most areas. Prevailing minimum wages, on the other hand, tend to track statutory minimum wages in a geographic area.
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To give organized labor a fair chance when bidding for government contracts, federal law requires all employers performing federal contracts to pay prevailing wages to their workers. This ensures that nonunion employers cannot gain an unfair bidding advantage by paying wages far below the union rate and passing the savings on to the government in the form of lower bids. Virtually all federal expenditures in the private sector are covered by prevailing wage provisions. The main statutes in this area are the Davis-BaconAct, governing federal construction contracts; the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act, governing contracts to provide services to the federal government; and the Walsh-Healy Act, governing the manufacturing of goods for the government. Additional information on federal prevailing wage law is available.
State law requires that every mechanic or laborer employed on construction or remodeling of public works projects for the state or any of its political subdivisions, including state highway work, be paid the “prevailing wage” for such labor in the area in which the public works contract is being performed. Connecticut accepts the prevailing wage as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor for the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act, as noted below. This ...

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