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 WHDPWS@dol.gov 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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Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Efficiency Under Davis-Bacon Act

Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Senior Democratic Member Joe Courtney (D-CT) today introduced the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act (H.R. 2747), legislation that moves responsibility for wage claims adjustments for federally contracted workers from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Department of Labor.

“This commonsense legislation is a win for both workers and taxpayers,” said Rep. Walberg. “GAO is no longer responsible for other claims functions, so it is time we move this administrative duty to the agency responsible for enforcing the law. Doing so will help decrease redundancies and ensure greater efficiency within the federal government.”

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$137,000 in Back Wages Recovered for 31 Employees on Ohio Project Following USDOL Investigation

BBC Foundation & Flatwork LLC has paid $137,705 in back wages to 31 employees of the Carleton concrete company for performing work on a federal transit project in Toledo.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that the contractor violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.

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Anointed Cleaners LLC Employees Paid Nearly $17,000 in Back Wages, Benefits Following US Labor Department Investigation

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $16,963 in back wages for 13 employees of Anointed Cleaners LLC who were performing cleanup work on the Westlawn housing construction project in Milwaukee. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the subcontractor violated provisions of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.

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Board of Education Approves Wage Adjustments for School Renovation

The Board of Education approved a $254,557 change order to rectify payment to First Team Construction for wages paid on a project funded by a federal Qualified School Construction Bond.

Because the project is using a $5 million federal Qualified School Construction Bond, contractors must pay employees in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. The act provides a specified wage index for on-site construction workers that was not being followed, due in-part to oversight and unfamiliarity with federal construction bonds, CFO Lisa Dickerson told the BOE in November when it was first made aware of the issue.

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