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Numerous states follow the federal Davis-Bacon regulations for their construction projects. Other states have used the federal Davis-Bacon Act to develop their own set of rules. Usually the state act is called the Little Davis-Bacon Act. How closely the state rules follow the Federal requirements vary from state-to-state.
New Hampshire is not a Davis-Bacon State.
Summary of Federal Act
The federal Davis-Bacon Act, as amended, requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Under the provisions of the Act, contractors or their subcontractors are to pay workers employed directly upon the site of the work no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character. The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Secretary of Labor to determine such local prevailing wage rates.
Contractors and subcontractors on prime contracts in excess of $100,000 are also required, pursuant to the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, to pay employees one and one-half times their basic rates of pay for all hours over 40 worked on covered contract work in a workweek.
Covered contractors and subcontractors are also required to pay employees weekly and to submit weekly certified payroll records to the contracting agency.
Prevailing wage schedules
Prevailing wage schedules are now available online. The database is a collaborative effort of the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Labor, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, and Department of Commerce. It is located at www.wdol.gov/.