"By a 183-242 vote, the GOP-run U.S. House defeated the latest Republican assault on the Davis-Bacon Act and its legal prevailing wages for construction workers who toil on federally funded projects."
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) proposed a new bill to change the law’s method for determining prevailing wage rates. Under the new bill, the DOL would move to a Davis-Bacon rate calculation method involving BLS surveys “that use proper representative statistical sampling techniques." It is believed the new method would result in lower wage rates.
Two Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced a bill that would eliminate the prevailing wage on state construction projects. Gov. Scott Walker initially included the repeal in his budget, but lawmakers stripped that provision and other non-fiscal items out. It is now introduced as a stand-alone bill. https://lnkd.in/gief5an
On January 1, 2017, a new California law went into effect that impacts the payment of apprentices during pre-employment activities. When a contractor requests the dispatch of an apprentice to perform pre-employment activities that are required as a condition of employment (e.g., filling out applications, training, testing, etc.), that apprentice must be paid the prevailing wage rate for the trade to which he/she is registered. That includes travel time to and from the required activity. However, there is an exception where the apprentice fails a required drug or alcohol test.