Wisconsin Prevailing Wages laws & compensation compliance analysis

Wisconsin 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-Healey Act, governing the manufacturing of goods for the government. There is additional information on federal prevailing wage law.
Wisconsin has a state prevailing wage law for both single- and multiple-trade contracts of $25,000 or more. A "single-trade project" is defined as one in which a single trade (a carpenter, glazier, electrician, etc.) accounts for 85 percent or more of the total labor cost of such project.
A "multiple-trade project" is defined as one in which no single trade accounts for more than 85 percent of the total labor cost of such project. State highway and bridge projects have no ...

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