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Fringe Rates for Apprentices

March 25, 2011 Written by: Written by Mike Rogers, Chief Compliance Officer


A question recently came into our office regarding how to figure the correct fringe amount for apprentices.  

Depending on a state’s apprenticeship program, apprentices are paid at a lower rate than the stated base wage for a particular job classification, usually a percentage of the full base wage.  However apprentices are still entitled to the full fringe amount in the wage determination.

In certain situations the fringe amount is stated as a specific dollar amount plus a percentage of the base wage. In these cases, to figure the amount of fringes paid to workers in an apprenticeship program, the  percentage used should be applied to the stated journeyman base wage, NOT the reduced base paid to the apprentice.

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