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

Webinar: ID# 1026302
Recorded CD
About This Course:
This webinar will enable you to ensure you are satisfying the Davis-Bacon Act when competing for and performing federal public works contracts.

You will be provided with the information you need to understand the specific requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, when it applies, and the process necessary to ensure compliance and avoid enforcement actions and potential penalties. Failure to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act can have dire consequences, including debarment and the loss of a major source of business, in addition to the exposure to substantial damages and attorneys' fees.


Federal public works contractors often do not understand the requirements for complying with the Davis-Bacon Act when bidding on and performing federal public works contracts and the consequences of noncompliance. It is imperative to ensure you are compliant.

Alleged violations of wage and hour laws have become a major source for the new wave of employment class actions, which often result in hundreds of thousands of dollars of recoverable damages and attorneys' fees awarded to the successful litigants and their attorneys, in addition to the substantial amount of legal fees and administrative costs incurred by employers in defending these actions.


  • 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
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    About The Presenter

    Van Allyn Goodwin, Esq.
    • Senior shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
    • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employment and labor relations law
    • Regularly conducts seminars and workshops on emerging employment law topics, including wage and hour (including prevailing wage laws), leaves of absence, employee handbooks and policies, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and labor relations law
    • Author of several publications related to the areas of wage and hour law, including prevailing wage and public works contracts
    • San Diego Super Lawyers, 2016-2017; Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014-2015; Named Top Rated Lawyer for Labor & Employment Law by The American Lawyer & Martindale-Hubbell™, 2013 and 2015; Named Top Lawyer by San Diego magazine, 2013-2017
    • Admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States Supreme Court
    • Member of the State Bar of California, 1980
    • J.D. degree, University of San Diego School of Law; B.A. degree, California State University, Long Beach, magna cum laude
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