One would think that if a project had prevailing wage requirements that the Wage Decision would contain an easy to understand breakdown of the fringe benefit portion of the prevailing wage - however, that is not always the case. Wage Decisions can be quite difficult to understand; based on whether the project is funded with Federal or State money and whether or not there is a large Union presence in a specific state and unraveling this can quite often be very confusing.
There is no such thing as a totally straight forward, easy to understand Prevailing Wage Determination that I've ever seen (or even heard of for that matter), but you do need to be able to learn how to understand and interpret them - and going to the "source" (General Contractor, State Prevailing Wage Division, Union Hall, etc.) is the best way to learn.
Please be advised that the following is ONLY a general overview and does NOT take into consideration whether this is a Union or Non-Union shop or whether the fringes are paid to the Union Hall or into one or more bona-fide plans on behalf of the employee, or if you are paying the full fringe amount in cash in lieu of fringes.
The certified payroll report that your company submits to a general contractor, project owner, or contract administrator should contain information about your W-2 employees, the ones that work directly for you, are paid via payroll checks issued by your company and who you provide a W-2 for wages earned at the end of the year. When you enter into a formal contract for a portion of the prevailing wage/government funded construction project with a subcontractor, the subcontractor will submit a certified payroll report from his company to yours, listing their employees, the work classifications they fell under, hours worked on the project, wages, taxes, deductions, etc. Continue reading
76+ page self-paced Certified Payroll Training Guide is a great "good old simple English" reference tool and provides information about complying with prevailing wage laws. Continue reading
All prevailing wage projects will come with wage determination schedules that detail the base rate and fringe rates for all craft and trades. Continue reading
California's prevailing wage laws and certified payroll reporting requirements can be mandated by any of the following agencies or organizations, each with their own unique set of reporting requirements. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the filing of Form A-1-131, Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and the filing of a modified WH-347 form, the U.S. Department of Labor and the filing of a standard WH-347 Form, Electronic filing requirements through the use of LCPtracker, TRS Consultants, and/or Elation Systems, Inc. D-BAS Labor Compliance Software, Additional "paper filing requirements" by Labor Compliance Organizations, such as, Golden State Labor Compliance, LLC or CalLCP. Continue reading
Bacon, a former banker, explained the need for the law when he detailed for his legislative colleagues how an out-of-state construction firm paying extremely low wages transported thousands of unskilled workers hundreds of miles to toil on a public project in New York - “They were herded onto this job, they were housed in shacks, they were paid a very low wage, and ... Continue reading