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The DBA requires that “each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, and/or repair (including painting or decorating) of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract.”
Basic hourly rate is the actual take home amount while the hourly benefit (fringe rate) is the intangible part of pay for items such as vacations, dental, health plans, and retirement funds.
The wage decision specifies the basic hourly wage rates and fringe benefits determined to be prevailing for the described work classifications of laborers and mechanics employed on construction projects of a similar character and in specific localities.
City of Saint Paul compliance officers will also make on-site visits to various construction sites and conduct interviews directly with employees working on-site.
Contractors will also submit site logs and allow compliance officers access to employees when conducting on-site employee interviews.
Participating contractors must post the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Wage Poster and Wage Decision. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the job site.
Apprentices must be covered hour-for-hour by a supervising journey worker (e.g. if you have 3 apprentices on site, you need 3 journey workers on site. If one journey worker leaves the site, you have to pay one apprentice journey worker wages).
The maximum number of apprentices on the project cannot exceed the ratio of apprentice to journey workers allowed in the approved apprenticeship program.
Before apprentices can work on a site, the contractor must submit the apprenticeship agreement and current level of advancement, as well as a copy of the approved program wage rates and ratios.
A habitual non-compliant employer is also subject to debarment from future contracting opportunities for up to 3 years.
In extreme circumstances, the non-compliant contractor can face civil and criminal charges.