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Labor and wage compliance - Prevailing wage compliance
Since 1931, Wisconsin law now codified in Wisconsin Statutes section 103.50 has required employees on state highway and bridge projects to be paid prevailing wage. Other prevailing wage statutes include Wisconsin Statutes section 103.49 for public works contracts and section 66.0903 for projects by local governments. The federal Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S. Code sections 3141-3148) and related acts and federal regulations apply to projects with federal funding.
Contractor violations of prevailing wage and other labor laws may result in suspension or debarment, which are actions that prevent contractors from entering into contracts for WisDOT projects for a period of time. The rules for suspension and debarment are in Chapter Trans 504, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Current prevailing wages (by county)
Prevailing wage laws have special application in the following trades and crafts
- Construction staking
- Heavy equipment operators night work premium
- Add $1.50/hour night work premium from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all hours worked during that period when all of the following conditions are met: a) WisDOT project special provisions state that work cannot be performed 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or if project special provisions state that work must be performed outside these times, b) Involves traffic control changes necessary to allow for work during the night period, such as closure of lanes or shoulders, c) Shift begins after 3 p.m. (for shifts worked at night) or before 3 a.m. (for shifts worked in the morning).
Employees who believe they have not received prevailing wage on state projects may contact the equal rights officer in their region. An investigation may begin if an employee submits to an equal rights officer a complete, signed Wages Claim Form. Complainant identities are kept confidential.
More information relating to prevailing wage
- Highway Construction Contract Information (HCCI)
- WisDOT aeronautics project managers
- WisDOT equal rights officers
- Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Prevailing wage rate
- DWD - Dictionary of occupational classifications
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Last modified: Feb. 11, 2014
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