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Colorado Prevailing Wage

How do I contact the Wage & Hour Division in Colorado?

The US Department of Labor has an office in Colorado which you can contact for questions about Colorado Prevailing Wage.

Can I find current Colorado Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations online?

 

The US Government Printing Office publishes a list of Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations by State. Find current Colorado 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 prevailing wage job!

 

Does Colorado have specific filing requirements for Prevailing Wage jobs?

For any Davis-Bacon project, Certified Payroll Reports are required to be completed and sent in on a weekly basis – this includes projects in Colorado.  Please note that contracting agencies retain the option of requesting additional paperwork, and this paperwork should be submitted to the contracting agency as well.

Does Colorado have an apprenticeship mandate for Davis-Bacon jobs?

There is no state mandated apprenticeship regulation, requirement to request apprentices or a general training fund, for Davis-Bacon projects in Colorado.  Nonetheless, if you are contracted with a specific apprenticeship committee, you must follow that committee’s apprenticeship regulations and contribute to their training fund.

As for pay rates, Davis-Bacon Apprenticeship wages are set by the specific apprenticeship committee governing the trade.

What should I do while I’m waiting for a decision on my Special Wage Determination request?

Special Prevailing Wage Determinations are generally requested PRIOR to bid. However, that does not always mean that they are APPROVED prior to commencement!

If you have already begun work on a Colorado Davis Bacon project where a special determination has been requested but has not-yet been granted, 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 Colorado plumbing contractor and you cannot find the plumbers listed on the decision, you must find another specialized trade (like carpentry) and must not pay lower than that trade’s prevailing wage.  Once the special determination is provided, if you paid lower than what was decided upon, you must correct your payroll accordingly.

 

Does the Contracting Agency in Colorado have filing obligations for a Special Wage Determination

Yes! The contracting agency must request a project wage determination from the Department of Labor. They do this by filing a Standard Form 308 (SF-308) “Request for Determination and Response to Request”.  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.

Please be advised that 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.

How do I get a special determination for my Colorado Prevailing Wage project?

As a Little Davis-Bacon state, Special Prevailing Wage Determinations for Colorado Prevailing Wage projects should be requested from the Wage and Hour Division by the Contracting Officer or Agency. Also, please be aware that Davis-Bacon Act provisions contain a conformance procedure for the purpose of establishing an enforceable wage and benefit rate for missing/unlisted classifications.  Per that procedure, a contractor must initiate the request by submitting a Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate (SF1444) to the Contracting Officer or Agency.  More information can be found on the federal  Wage and Hour Division’s website.

    Can there be increases or special determinations that will affect my Colorado Davis-Bacon job?

    For Colorado, and all, Prevailing Wage public works projects, Davis Bacon general determinations have no pre-determined increases – meaning that 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! These special determinations will be specific to your particular Davis-Bacon job, and could contain pre-determined increases. In the event that a special determination request is made, the process could take up to 90 days to complete. The contracting agency or awarding body will provide the contractors with these special determinations.

    Where can I get the Prevailing Wage Rates for my Colorado public works project?

    For Colorado, and all Davis-Bacon projects, DBRA Wage decisions are required to be contained within the bid documents. If no Davis-Bacon wage decision is included in the documents provided to you, contact the contracting agency or awarding body of the project and request them.

    How do I get the prevailing wage rate for my Colorado Davis-Bacon project?

    For Prevailing Wage construction projects in Colorado, the federal Department of Labor determines the prevailing wage 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, those workers being located within the locality or nearest labor market area. In the event that there is no single rate paid to a majority of workers, then the single or modal rate being paid to the greater number of workers is considered to be prevailing.

    What about enforcement of Colorado Davis-Bacon compliance and auditing?

    For any Colorado Prevailing Wage and Colorado Davis-Bacon public works project, the contracting agency will be responsible for hiring inspectors to perform on-site inspections and interviews. The Contracting agency, and its inspectors, will also have responsibility for auditing payroll records for Davis-Bacon Compliance.  If these inspections find egregious errors, the inspector may bring in the Department of Labor for further enforcement.

    Who handles Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) enforcement and compliance in Colorado?

    For Colorado Prevailing Wage public works projects, Davis-Bacon Compliance is originally enforced by the contracting agency.  In some circumstances, such as when a Colorado contractor refuses to maintain compliance, the issue may be sent to the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division for further investigation.

    Does the state of Colorado have its own Prevailing Wage laws?

    As what is considered a “Little Davis-Bacon” state, Colorado does not have a state prevailing wage law.  As a result, all public works projects contracted by the state of Colorado fall under the federal Davis-Bacon act (DBRA) and are governed by the federal Department of Labor.

     

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