Is the Prevailing Wage Act Back? Sort of.
By Ryan L. Young
Almost two years ago, I authored an article asking whether the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act was under attack (given the Illinois Department of Labor's (IDOL) lack of prevailing wage enforcement under the Rauner administration). As you may recall from my previous articles,
the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act requires employers to pay the prevailing wage rate to employees employed in any public works.
For years, I defended many construction industry clients against IDOL investigations. With the election of Governor Rauner, a new administration implemented an agenda that did not include prevailing wage enforcement (and such investigations tapered off and ultimately stopped).
Then, the IDOL started sending out surveys to companies that had performed prevailing wage work in the past, asking what each company pays its workers for prevailing wage and non-prevailing wage work.