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DOL Calls for NM Wage Data

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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As part of its ongoing survey by state, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is calling for participation in its wage determination survey of construction projects within New Mexico.

The WHD is currently collecting data on building and heavy construction projects in seven counties in the state to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the department announced Monday (Aug. 22).

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The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is collecting data on wages paid to workers on recent building and heavy construction projects in New Mexico to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

The seven counties affected by the survey are: Dona Ana, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Valencia, San Juan and Santa Fe.

Examples of heavy construction projects include bridges, sewers, railroads, tunnels, pipelines, irrigation projects, flood control projects and marine construction.

“Survey participation is crucial to the process, and should reflect the wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers in the county where they work,” said Betty Campbell, the WHD’s regional administrator in the Southwest.

How It Works

According to the WHD, federally financed or assisted construction projects subject to the DBRA must contain a prevailing wage determination (WD).

The DBRA applies to contractors and subcontractors working on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works.

DBRA contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area.

The DBRA directs the Department of Labor to determine such locally prevailing wage rates.

The wages on the WD are typically determined by surveying ongoing or recently completed construction projects within a geographic area. WHD conducts the surveys of projects under construction or completed during a set survey time frame in an effort to gather specific wage rate data paid to the various classifications of workers found on construction projects.

The division urges industry employers to participate in order to:

  • Ensure Davis Bacon wage rates and fringe benefits represent a truly prevailing wage; and
  • Level the playing field for all contractors bidding on federally funded construction.

Full Participation Needed

“To ensure workers are paid fairly and legally, we need the full participation of New Mexico’s construction industry community,” Campbell said.

Without a high level of survey participation, the state’s wage rates will not reflect actual wages and will prevent proper wage determinations, leading to an increase in requests for additional classifications, according to the WHD.

The division is collecting data on wages paid to workers on all active building and heavy construction projects statewide from March 1, 2015, to Feb. 29, 2016. The survey is not limited to federally funded projects, WHD adds.

Moreover, wage data should be submitted for all projects meeting the criteria, regardless of how they are funded.

The division is sending notification letters and “WD-10” data collection forms to interested parties and contractors of which it is aware. Data must be postmarked by Dec. 2, 2016, to be included in the survey. A letter is not required to complete the survey, WHD notes.

Participants may also complete the survey online.

Questions regarding the survey process and forms may be directed to Craig L. Jackson at 214-749-2021.

Construction survey status by date is available here.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Department of Labor; Government; Government contracts; Industry surveys; North America; Personnel; Program/Project Management; Workers

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