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USDOL Updates Prevailing Wage Resource Book

April 23, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released an updated version of the Prevailing Wage Resource Book (PWRB) on April 1, 2024. This update followed the implementation of the final rule, Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations, on October 23, 2023. The update’s purpose was to simplify language, restructure the format, and offer additional guidance and examples to address stakeholder requests for clarification.

The PWRB has been a crucial resource for contractors, contracting agencies, enforcement staff, unions, associations, and workers, providing insight into labor standards for federal and federally funded contracts. These contracts include those governed by the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Service Contract Act (SCA), the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), the Copeland “Anti-Kickback” Act, and Executive Orders affecting federal contracts.

The updated PWRB aims to make WHD policies more accessible and understandable to stakeholders, enhancing their understanding of labor standards applicable to many federal contracts and federally funded projects. The updated PWRB can be found here: