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Alabama Prevailing Wage

Where can I find current Davis-Bacon Rates for Alabama?

The US Government Printing Office publishes a list of Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations by State. Review current Alabama prevailing wage. However, don’t forget that the wage determination you are supposed to use may be different than the one on the GPO website – you should always refer to the bid spec to insure you are using the correct wage determination for your Alabama prevailing wage job!

For Alabama Prevailing Wage jobs, where should sub-contractors file their paperwork?

Sub-contractors on Alabama Davis-Bacon projects should file their paperwork with the project’s General Contractor. It is then the responsibility of the General Contractor on the job to submit the paperwork to the contracting agency.

What are the Alabama Prevailing Wage filing requirements?

For Alabama Davis-Bacon jobs, Certified Payroll Reports are required to be completed and sent in on a weekly basis. However, please be advised that some contracting agencies may ask for additional paperwork – so please check with the contracting agency to confirm that they only require the CPR to be completed.

What are the rules governing apprentices on Alabama Davis-Bacon Projects?
  • The state of Alabama does not have a state mandated apprenticeship regulation, a requirement to request apprentices or a general training fund. However, for those Alabama contractors who are contracted with a specific apprenticeship committee, they must follow that committee’s apprenticeship regulations and contribute to their training fund.  
  • Also, please remember that Davis-Bacon Apprenticeship wages are set by the specific apprenticeship committee governing the trade and are not part of the wage decision.
I’m waiting for my Special Prevailing Wage Determination for my Alabama Davis-Bacon job. What should I know?
      • While you are waiting for a response from the DOL you do have obligations under Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. You must pay no less than the wage and benefit rates listed on the general Davis-Bacon wage decision for the lowest specialized trade that most closely resembles the trade in question.  
      • For example, if you are a plumbing contractor and you cannot find plumbers listed on the wage decision, you must find another specialized trade (like carpentry) and must not pay lower than that trade’s prevailing wage.  
      • Then, once the special determination is provided, if you paid lower than what was decided upon, you must correct your payroll accordingly.
How do I get a special prevailing wage determination for my Alabama Davis-Bacon project?

Alabama Special Prevailing Wage Determinations should be requested from the federal Wage and Hour Division by the Contracting Officer or Agency.  Please be advised that the Davis-Bacon & Related Act provisions contain a conformance procedure for the purpose of establishing an enforceable wage and benefit rate for missing/unlisted classifications.

    • To request a project wage determination, a Standard Form 308 (SF-308) “Request for Determination and Response to Request” should be used by the agency (normally a federal agency).  The completed SF-308 should be sent to:  U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, Branch of Construction Wage Determinations, Washington, D.C. 20210.  
    • Project decisions are applicable only to the particular project for which they are issued and are effective for 180 days. If a project decision is not used in the period of its effectiveness, it is void. The contractor must initiate the request by submitting a Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate (SF1444) to the Contracting Officer or Agency.  
Will there be any increases or special determinations that will affect my Alabama Davis-Bacon project?

As a little Davis-Bacon state, Alabama is governed by federal Davis Bacon rules. In general, determinations have no pre-determined increases – the prevailing wages are good for the life of the project. However, special determinations can be requested by the awarding body on a per project basis. If a special determination is requested, please be advised that this process takes at least 30 days.  These special determinations will be specific to your particular DBRA job, and could contain pre-determined increases.  The contracting agency or awarding body will provide the contractors with these special determinations.

Where do I go to get Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for my Alabama Prevailing Wage job?

For Alabama Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Wage decisions are required to be contained within the bid documents.  If no prevailing wage decision is included, contact the contracting agency or awarding body of the project.

Where can I obtain Wage Decisions for my AL Prevailing Wage job?

In the state of Alabama, the federal government’s Department of Labor determines the prevailing wage.  The DOL determines this rate based on the hourly rate paid on public works projects to a majority of workers engaged in a particular craft, classification or type of work. More specifically, the DOL bases those prevailing wage rates on workers who are located within the locality or nearest labor market area. In the event that there is no single rate paid to a majority, the single or modal rate being paid to the greater number of workers is the prevailing wage determination in Alabama.

Who enforces Davis-Bacon Compliance and Auditing in Alabama

Your contracting agency is responsible for hiring inspectors who will perform on-site inspections and interviews for your AL Prevailing Wage job. The contracting agency will also audit your payroll records for Davis-Bacon Compliance. In the event that the contracting agency’s inspections find egregious errors, the inspector may bring in the DOL for further enforcement.

Who is responsible for the enforcement of Davis-Bacon compliance in Alabama?

As a Little Davis-Bacon state, DBRA compliance in Alabama is originally enforced by the contracting agency for your public works projects. In the event that a contractor refuses to maintain compliance, the issue may be sent to the DOL Wage & Hour Division for further investigation.

Is there an Alabama Prevailing Wage law?

The state of Alabama discontinued prevailing wage rates in 1980. Because Alabama does not have a state prevailing wage law, all public works projects contracted by the state fall under the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and are governed by the federal Department of Labor. As relates to Prevailing Wage laws, Alabama is considered a Little Davis-Bacon.

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