DOL Wage and Hour Division announces upcoming Prevailing Wage Seminars

The Wage and Hour Division is pleased to announce the following Prevailing Wage Seminars for 2014:
Manchester, NH March 4-6, 2014
Phoenix, AZ March 18-20, 2014
Chicago, IL April 1-3, 2014
San Diego, CA April 22-24, 2014
Houston, TX May 7-9, 2014
Atlanta, GA June 3-5, 2014

If you wish to attend one of these seminars, please send an email to Your email should include your name, title, organization, mailing address, email address, and location of the seminar that you wish to attend. There is no fee for attending any of these seminars, however, space is limited. Upon receipt of this information, we will advise you whether your request can be accommodated.

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MSUM reimbursed ND contractors for prevailing wage errors

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead reimbursed West Fargo’s FM Contracting Inc. for nearly $69,000 after the company was told by a state agency it had not paid some workers in line with the state’s prevailing wage levels.

Jan Mahoney, MSUM’s vice president for finance and administration, said MSUM paid the difference in wages sought by the Department of Labor and Industry for 19 workers because of an architect’s error on bid documents sent out for the renovation of Dahl Hall.

“FM Contracting did everything OK,” Mahoney said Monday. “It was an oversight on the part of our architects.”

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The Center for Contract Compliance – 12th Annual Conference

Jim Reed, Director of the CCC, has just announced details for the upcoming 12th Annual Underground Economy and Labor Compliance Conference.  The conference is scheduled for May 14-17, 2014, at the Riviera Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA.  Early registration is now available, sign up prior to April 6th, 2014, and your registration fee will be waived.

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Summit Drywall Inc. ordered to pay $550,000 in unpaid wages and damages to 384 workers to settle US Department of Labor lawsuit

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ordering Issaquah-based drywall installer Summit Drywall Inc., and its owner Thomas Kauzlarich, to pay $550,000 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 384 current and former employees. The judgment resolves an investigation and subsequent lawsuit by the department that found the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions from Oct. 15, 2009, through April 15, 2013.

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16th Annual NAFC Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois

NAFC has announced that it will be holding its 16th Annual Conference this year in the lakeside city of Chicago, IL, September 17-19, 2014.

The NAFC Conference provides a national forum for those committed to combating noncompliance of state and federal public contracting laws and  draws attendance from contractors, labor unions, fair contracting organizations, attorneys and various officials from local, state and federal governments around the nation.

More information coming soon! 

Maryland DLLR to host Employment Rights & Safety Forum

March 19, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Towson University
The third annual Division of Labor and Industry’s (DLI) Employment Rights & Safety Forum is on March 19, 2014 at Towson University. The Forum has a history of providing Maryland’s workforce with all of the must-knows in compliance, safety, and employment law regulations. This annual event  includes dynamic sessions lead by DLI staff and other industry professionals.(Read More)  

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Administration Proposes Federal Prevailing Wage for State Construction

Construction bids for state-funded capital construction projects could soon be subject to wage requirements that alter the way in which companies compete for the jobs.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan told lawmakers Wednesday that Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration is advocating a switch to the federal prevailing wage as the basis for contract requirements on state capital construction projects. The administration also suggests requiring a prevailing wage for construction workers for all state-funded capital construction projects, regardless of how much they cost.

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Court Decides H-2B Visas Should Be Protected by Prevailing Wages to Avoid Hurting American Workers

The Third District Court of Appeals handed American workers a victory with their ruling in the case of Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.  The court found that the Department of Labor’s  wage regulation methodology is valid pertaining to H-2b visas, meaning the Department of Homeland Security must rely on the Labor Department’s decisions about the number of American workers available for a job.