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Deborah Wilder
CCMI President 

Maryland and Montgomery County Adopt New Threshold and Coverage for Prevailing Wage Projects

The Montgomery County Council adopted their own set of rules to more closely comply with Maryland’s changes to the new prevailing wage threshold. Here a few pointers:

  • For all new projects on or after July 4, 2022:
  • Prevailing wage threshold lowered to $250,000
  • Definition of public works project triggering prevailing wage now includes maintenance and repair work relating to resurfacing, pavement milling and mechanical system services contracts

  • Expansion of PW includes:
  • Rehabbing, routine operation, and repair for existing structures, buildings or real property
  • Some PILOT programs

  • Local Hiring Mandate 25%:
  • Requires that contractors make a “Best Effort” to hire Montgomery County residents for new jobs
  • Allows Director of the Office of Procurement to issue a waiver or partial waiver upon evidence of “good faith effort”
  • Quarterly reports due

The biggest change is the threshold for Mechanical Systems.

  • Mechanical systems mean:
  • HVAC 
  • Piping/Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Refrigeration
  • Elevator

Threshold for Mechanical Work is the same as that under the McNamara- O’Hara Service Contract Act ($2,500).

Upcoming Training:

Hawaii Prevailing Wage Webinar July 12th 12 noon-3 p.m. (PST).  Presenters include Deborah Wilder (CCMI) and John Dean of the Contractor’s Plan. To register for the event contact Associated Builders and Contractors of Hawaii  www.abchawaii.org or call (808) 845-4887.

Deborah is speaking at the Construction Industry CPAs and Consultant’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 13-15. She will be speaking Thursday the 14th as part of the Contractor’s Plan Panel. To register https://cicpac.com/education/annual-conference/

Want to schedule your own prevailing wage workshop?
We will customize a workshop or webinar for you and your Agency/Company. Contact us at: info@ccmilcp.com 
What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wages, 3rd Edition.
Available through www.ccmilcp.com $45 inclusive of tax and shipping.
FROM THE INBOX....You asked, we answered!
QUESTION: Deciphering California Labor Code 1777.5

Part (o) of Labor Code 1777.5 states, “This section does not apply to contracts of general contractors or to contracts of specialty contractors not bidding for work through a general or prime contractor when the contracts of general contractors or those specialty contractors involve less than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000).”

Does this mean that for projects less than $30,000, the requirements in 1777.5 regarding apprenticeable trade training contributions and how they should be paid to the CAC/approved councils do not apply? It is difficult to decipher if part (o) applies to everything outlined in section 1777.5.
ANSWER:  This can be complicated as the code section is not clear. However, regulations and memos issued by the DIR provide a fuller interpretation. For any prime contract less than $30,000 this means that no DAS-140 and no DAS-142 forms are required. Training contributions are still required for every hour worked. That includes owner operators and sole proprietors.

Feel free to send your questions to info@ccmilcp.com
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