U.S. Department of Labor seeking input from NC highway construction industry for wage survey

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The Department of Labor is encouraging employers and stakeholders in North Carolina’s highway construction industry to participate in a statewide survey to help its Wage and Hour Division establish prevailing wage rates for construction workers on federally funded and assisted construction projects.

The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts require the department to set the prevailing wage rates that reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers in the county where the work occurs.

This survey requests information about wages paid by employers on highway construction projects in North Carolina where construction occurred from May 20, 2023, to Aug. 20, 2024. Not limited to federally funded construction projects, survey findings are critical to the publication of prevailing wage and fringe benefit rates that reflect the rates paid accurately in the area being surveyed. Complete determinations also reduce the number of contractors requesting additional labor classifications. The department encourages all industry employers and stakeholders to participate whether or not they receive a letter to participate.

The division will send notification letters to interested parties and contractors known to the agency that will direct them to the website where they can complete the survey. To be included, please complete and submit the online survey by Aug. 20, 2024. Online completion of the survey is strongly encouraged.

Participants may also submit the information by mail but must first contact the division at (866) 236-2773 and request a form be mailed to them. Learn more about the surveys.

Free online briefings will describe the survey process and offer instructions for completing the survey. These briefings will be held on May 21, and May 23. Register to attend an upcoming briefing.

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