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USDOL Initiates Davis-Bacon Compliance Effort in Southeast

December 8, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a Davis-Bacon education and enforcement initiative in eight southeastern states.

In Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee,  the WHD will engage with federal contracting agencies, the Small Business Administration, and construction trade associations to explain employer Davis-Bacon Act and Davis-Bacon and Related Act responsibilities. The WHD will also provide training seminars directly to contractors.

WHD reported that in fiscal year 2020, Davis-Bacon investigations in these eight states identified violations 78 percent of the time, resulting in back wage liability and several debarments.

The most common mistakes involved employee classification, pay and benefits, recordkeeping, and posting. WHD is making staff available to assist both agencies and contractors.