Federal Contractor Blog

Employers in the construction industry involved with federally funded projects must pay their workers prevailing wage rates. The Wage and Hour Division makes sure workers are paid properly through enforcement and outreach to stakeholders. “We are committed to advancing a very basic idea: making sure that working people in the U.S. receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and that unscrupulous employers do not gain an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding employers by skirting the rules,” Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil told the annual legislative conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington, D.C., on April 20. “We’re serious about enforcement, and I want to make clear the importance of us working together to improve compliance, particularly within the context of our government contract work covered by the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.”

Contractors and subcontractors must pay laborers and mechanics employed directly upon the site of the work at least the locally prevailing wages (including fringe benefits), listed in the Davis-Bacon wage determination in the contract, for the work performed. Davis-Bacon labor standards clauses must be included in covered contracts.

Contractors and subcontractors are required to pay covered workers weekly and submit weekly certified payroll records to the contracting agency. They are also required to post the applicable Davis-Bacon wage determination with the Davis-Bacon poster (WH-1321) on the job site in a prominent and accessible place where they can be easily seen by the workers.

Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations

Davis-Bacon wage determinations are published on the Wage Determinations On Line (WDOL) website for contracting agencies to incorporate them into covered contracts. The “prevailing wages” are determined based on wages paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed on specific types of construction projects in an area. Guidance on determining the type of construction is provided in All Agency Memoranda Nos. 130 and 131.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/whd/govcontracts/dbra.htm


Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for workers on Federal construction and service contracts. The President took this executive action because boosting wages lowers turnover and increases morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall. Raising wages will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government. The Executive Order directed the Department of Labor to issue regulations to implement the new Federal contractor minimum wage.

The Wage and Hour Division has announced that it will present a webinar on Executive Order 13658: Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors on May 14, 2015. For more information and to register, please visit the Executive Order 13658 Webinar Page

The Wage and Hour Division has announced its 2015 Prevailing Wage Seminar Schedule. For more information and to register, please visit the Prevailing Wage Seminar Page.

Source: US Department of Labor

For ease of posting compliance, All In One Poster Company has created a Federal Contractor Poster that contains the following notices below. This poster measures 27 by 39 inches to abide by legal posting size requirements of the notices, and is laminated for protection. This poster is designed to be displayed along with your corresponding separate State Only Poster.


  • Federal Contractor Minimum Wage 2015 ($10.10/HR) *NEW
  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • E-Verify / Right To Work
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities
  • Employee Rights Under National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) *NEW
  • Equal Employment Opportunity – Includes Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA)
  • Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Job Safety and Health (OSHA)
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) / Service Contract Act (SCA)


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