Maine Prevailing Wages laws & compensation compliance analysis

Maine 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. There is additional information on federal prevailing wage law.
Maine has a state prevailing wage law for public works contracts valued at $50,000 or greater (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 1303et seq.). The law requires contract provisions regarding:
Wages. Under Maine law, contracts for public works must include in their specifications minimum wages for various classifications of employees. Contract rates may not be lower than prevailing rates--including the value of prevailing employee benefits--established by state labor authorities by ...

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