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What is Prevailing Wage Law?

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Sep 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you being paid the prevailing wage?

Prevailing wage laws were instituted to ensure that contractor and subcontractor employees working on federal and other publicly funded projects be paid the same wage.  There are federal and state laws in place to ensure that these guidelines are followed.

The Davis-Bacon Act, is a federal law that applies to contractors and subcontractors completing federally funded contracts of $2,000 or more for construction or repair to public buildings or works.  It requires that laborers and mechanics are paid local prevailing wages.

The California Prevailing Wage Law regulates minimum wage standards on construction projects of $1,000 or more funded in whole or part by public funds.  State law extends to overtime, holiday, travel, and subsistence pay as well.

Prevailing wage will reflect the level of pay that unionized workers in a particular area have negotiated.  The wage is set by the Department of Industrial Relations.

Kingsley & Kingsley has experience in prevailing wage law cases here in California. We are available to answer your questions and to help you understand your rights.  Please don't hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 888-500-8469.

Additional resources:

Director's General Prevailing Wage Determinations

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Eric Kingsley

In practice since 1996, the firm's lawyer and co-founder, Eric B. Kingsley, has litigated complex cases and written numerous appeals in state and federal courts on behalf of the California law firm Kingsley & Kingsley, including More than 150 collective actions. Mr. Kingsley focuses his practice ...


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