Welcome to 2021. I hope you find 2021 much easier and more prosperous than 2020 has been.
Colorado Correction: I have received more information on the Colorado prevailing wage requirement being implemented on July 1, 2021. This will apply to state public works projects in excess of $500,000. It does NOT include any Transportation projects. Whenever federal dollars are in a project, subjecting the project to Davis Bacon, the Davis Bacon requirements will preempt any Colorado prevailing wage requirement. Remember that the City and County of Denver still maintains their own prevailing wage requirements.
Emergency Work: As winter has certainly arrived for the U.S. CCMI receives frequent questions about emergency work. In these situations, public bidding is shortened, if used at all. Both Agencies and Contractor’s ask, “is emergency work exempt from prevailing wages”? The answer on all levels is clearly no.
Both federal prevailing wages and a vast majority of the 29 states which have their own prevailing wage requirements, agree that emergency work must be paid at prevailing wage rates. Remember a public work project typically includes construction work on a piece of property owned or leased by a public agency. Remember some states include maintenance and repair work. Funds which are granted to a private business or nonprofit for construction work, prevailing wage requirements will follow that money and apply.
Updated Book for 2021
What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wages will be updated in January 2021 to include all updates since its last publication date. Copies may be purchased through our website at the end of January.
New SCA Book
Contractor Compliance and Monitoring, Inc. does some McNamara Service Contract Act monitoring work each year. CCMI is committed to writing a book on the SCA to assist contractors who do this work. You can look for that book about mid-year 2021.