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Prevailing Wage Law: An Understanding of the Davis-Bacon Act

Webinar: ID# 1015028
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About This Course:
Many organizations are ill-informed regarding the requirements for complying - and the consequences of non-compliance - with the Davis-Bacon Act when bidding on and performing federal public works contracts.

The U.S. Department of Labor has become increasingly vigilant in their investigation and enforcement of federal wage and hour laws, with violations often resulting in millions of dollars of damages and attorneys' fees awarded to the successful litigants and their attorneys.


Learn about recently-enacted federal legislation, Executive Orders issued by the Obama Administration involving the use of federal stimulus monies, and loan guarantees by various federal agencies impose prevailing wage and employment law compliance requirements that will result in increased enforcement by the federal government.

  • The Impact of Federal Stimulus Funds Provided Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • What Is the Davis-Bacon Act?
  • Other Applicable Federal Employment Laws
  • Key Differences Between the Davis-Bacon Act and State Prevailing Wage Laws
Coverage of the Davis-Bacon Act
  • Federal Public Works Contracts
  • Construction, Alteration or Repair
  • Site of the Work
  • Contractors and Subcontractors Covered
  • Work Performed by Employees of the Public Entity or Awarding Body
  • Laborers and Mechanics; Truck Drivers
  • Apprentices, Helpers and Trainees
Compliance Requirements
  • The Davis-Bacon Act Stipulations
  • State Prevailing Wage Law Differences
  • Payment of the Prevailing Wage Rate
  • Classifications of Work and the Conformance Process for Missing/Additional Classifications
  • Components of the Prevailing Wage: The Basic Wage and Fringe Benefit Rate(s)
  • Bona Fide Fringe Benefits and Self-Funded Benefits
  • Computation of Wages and Fringe Benefits Paid/Provided to Workmen
  • Recordkeeping and Certified Payroll Records
Enforcement and Investigation
  • DOL; Awarding Body; State Agencies
  • Private Right of Action
  • Unpaid Prevailing Wages
  • Termination of Contract and Liability for Excess Costs
  • Debarment; Other Potential Remedies
New Developments
About The Presenters

Van Allyn Goodwin, Esq.
  • Senior shareholder and attorney in San Diego Office of Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Extensive experience advising and representing employers in matters involving claims for violation of state and federal prevailing wage laws
  • Practice covers the full range of employment and labor laws on behalf of employers
  • Regularly conducts training sessions for employers regarding various labor and employment laws, sexual harassment, and wage and hour compliance, including prevailing wage laws
  • Frequent speaker on emerging employment and labor relations law topics
  • Spoken at “The Employer®” conferences and “Breakfast Briefings” sponsored by Littler Mendelson P.C. for more than 25 years, and at numerous employment law seminars
  • Written the “California Prevailing Wage Law” section of The California Employer® manuals (Lexis/Nexis) since 2000 and the “Government Contracts” chapter in the Wage and Hour Answer Book (Aspen Publishers) since 2008
  • J.D. degree, University of San Diego School of Law, and member of the San Diego Law Review
Prevailing Wage Law: An Understanding of the Davis-Bacon Act
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