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Mississippi Prevailing Wage

I need current Davis-Bacon rates for Mississippi, where can I find them?

You can find the current Prevailing Wage rates by entering your search information here.  The US Government Printing publishes a list of Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations by state, to get a list of all the ones in Mississippi click here.  Please remember to always refer to the bid spec to insure you are using the correct Wage Determination for your Prevailing Wage job, as yours may be different from the WDOL’s website.

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Where do sub-contractors file their paperwork for a Prevailing Wage job in Mississippi?

Sub-Contractors in Mississippi file their paperwork with the project’s General Contractor for Mississippi Prevailing Wage jobs.  The General Contractor is then responsible to submit the paperwork to the contracting agency.


What are the Prevailing Wage filing requirements in Mississippi?


For Mississippi, Certified Payroll Reports are required to be completed and sent in on a weekly basis for all Davis-Bacon jobs. Please be advised that some contracting agencies may ask for additional paperwork.  You will need to check with the contracting agency to confirm that they only require the CPR to be completed.

Are there any rules governing apprentices on Davis-Bacon projects in Mississippi?

Mississippi does not have a state mandated apprenticeship regulation, a requirement to request apprentices, nor a general training fund. For Mississippi contractors contracted with a specific apprenticeship committee, they must follow their committee’s apprenticeship regulations and contribute to their training fund.

Additionally, 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 have submitted my Special Prevailing Wage Determination for my Davis-Bacon project, do I need to do anything else?

Under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, your obligations are that 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 your actual trade.  For example, if you are a plumbing contractor and cannot find “plumbers” on the wage decision, you must find another specialized trade, like “carpentry,” and you must pay no lower than that trade’s Prevailing Wage.  Once your actual special determination is provided, if you paid lower than what was decided upon, you will need to adjust your payroll accordingly.

I need to get a Special Prevailing Wage Determination for my Mississippi Davis-Bacon project, where should I go?

Special Prevailing Wage Determinations for your Mississippi Davis-Bacon project should be requested from the Federal Wage and Hour Division by the Contracting Agency or officer.  Please note that the Davis-Bacon & Related Act provisions contain a conformance procedure in order to establish an enforceable wage and benefit rate for missing/unlisted classifications.

To request Wage Determination for your project, 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.

Are there any increases or special determinations that will affect my Mississippi Davis-Bacon project?

Mississippi is governed by federal Davis-Bacon rules as it is a Davis-Bacon state. While generally, determinations have no pre-determined increases (the Prevailing Wage rates are good for the life of the project) special determinations can be requested by the awarding body on a per project basis. If the awarding body does ask for a special determination, please be aware that this process will take at least 30 days.  These special determinations will be specific to your particular Mississippi DBRA job, and could contain pre-determined increases.  The contracting agency or awarding body will provide the contractors with these special determinations.

Where can I find Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for my Prevailing Wage job in Mississippi?

You can find Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations within the bid documents.  Contact the contracting agency or awarding body of the project if no Prevailing Wage decision is included.

I have a Prevailing Wage job in Mississippi, where can I obtain my wage decisions?

Because the state of Mississippi does not have a Prevailing Wage law, the federal government’s Department of Labor determines the prevailing wage rate.  The rate is 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.  The rates are based on workers located within the locality or on the labor market area nearest to them.  If 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.

How is Davis-Bacon compliance and auditing enforced in Mississippi?

Davis-Bacon compliance and auditing is enforced in Mississippi by the contracting agency.  They hire inspectors who perform on-site inspections and interviews.  The contracting agency also audits your payroll records for Davis-Bacon compliance.  If the Mississippi inspections find egregious errors, the Department of Labor may be brought in for further enforcement.


Who is responsible for enforcing Davis-Bacon compliance in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, Davis Bacon & Related Acts compliance is enforced by the contracting agency for your public works projects initially.  If a Mississippi contractor refuses to maintain DBRA compliance, the contracting agency can send the issue to the DOL Wage & Hour Division to further investigate.

Is there a Prevailing Wage law in Mississippi?

Mississippi does not have a Prevailing Wage law.  As a result, all public works projects contracted by the state of Mississippi fall under the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and are governed by the federal Department of Labor.  As Mississippi does not have a Prevailing Wage law, it is considered a Little Davis-Bacon (Davis-Bacon state).

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