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Prevailing Wage

The Federal Government requires the payment of Prevailing Wages for all Construction Contracts that have federal funding that exceeds $2,000, which includes federal, state and local public works projects. The Federal Davis/Bacon Act was signed into law by President Hebert Hoover in 1931 and amended in 1935 with wage conditions and amended again in 1964 to include the consideration of fringe benefits.

Texas adopted a prevailing wage statute in 1933 that was titled Vernon’s Civil Statutes 5159a and then amended and re-codified in 1995 to Texas Government Code Chapter 2258.

Chapter 2258 was amended by HB 2625 in the 80th Legislative Session in 2007. The Legislature removed language that restricted political subdivisions in the state from adopting or using the Federal Davis/Bacon Wage Determinations, if the publication of that survey was over three (3) old. Effective September 1, 2007, all political subdivisions in the State of Texas may adopt the Federal Davis/Bacon Wage Determinations and subsequent modifications without having to spend taxpayer dollars to conduct new wage surveys.

US – Department of Labor and Davis Bacon Web Links:

Prevailing Wage News and Information

Need to know who has Adopted Davis/Bacon for their Local Political Subdivisions?
[8/30/2012] - Click on the link to see who we know of that has adopted Davis/Bacon.  We urge you to contact us if we are missing someone on our list. more

Click Here for the 2010 Uniformed General Conditions for Bidding State Owned Building Construction
[8/30/2012]

Texas Statute for State Owned Building Construction
[9/1/2011]

Texas Statute on Contracting and Delivery Procedures For Construction Projects in Texas including Public Private Partnerships
[9/1/2011]

Texas Prevailing Wage Law
[11/13/2009] - Chapter 2258 was amended during the 2007 legislative session. Effective September 1, 2007, all political subdivisions in the state of Texas may adopt the Federal Davis/Bacon prevailing wages and its subsequent amendments without having to spend taxpayer dollars on the costs of conducting their own prevailing wage surveys. link

DOL News Release on Prevailing Wage Recovery
[9/30/2009] - 272 Employees are entitled to more than 1.5 million in back wages due to violations of the Service Contract Act. more

DOL publishes final rule on identity protection on certified payroll reports on Davis/Bacon projects
[12/19/2008] - This new rule published in the Federal Register on 12/19/08 becomes effective on 1/18/09 on all future WD-347 certified payroll reports. more

What is Prevailing Wage? Click Here to Learn More!
[11/6/2007] - Click on the headline to download a helpful presentation on what Prevailing Wage is and why it is necessary. link

Prevailing Wage - Frequently Asked Questions

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