New AAM 235 Abolishes Coverage for Surveyors
In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued All Agency Memo (AAM) 212 which for the first time included surveyors as “laborers and mechanics” for the purpose of coverage under the Davis Bacon Act. The coverage was limited to surveying work on active construction projects and not surveying for preconstruction or design work. In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor rescinded this ruling stating that Surveyors were not considered “laborers and mechanics” and would not be covered by federal Davis Bacon prevailing wages.
Important Notice for California Contractors and Agencies
The Department of Industrial Relations issued this important notice this week: “Due to a technical error, several basic trade prevailing wage determination files under the 2020-1 and 2020-2 General Prevailing Wage Determination indexes on the Department of Industrial Relations’ website were inadvertently replaced with incorrect files on January 27, 2021. Other determinations were not affected by this technical error. All files have been restored as of January 29, 2021. If you need assistance with confirming whether or not you have accessed or downloaded the correct determinations during this time period, please contact the Office of the Director – Research Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org .”
So, please be aware if you went to the DIR’s website and pulled wage determination between January 27 and January 29, 2021, you should go back and double check that those rates are correct.