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News » US » Survey investigates pay for Maryland construction workers » published 9 Jul 2018

Survey investigates pay for Maryland construction workers

The US Department of Labor (DoL) is carrying out a survey in Maryland to establish prevailing wage rates.

It is part of an initiative to ensure that construction workers are covered by proper wage rates.

The DoL’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) will survey building construction projects in several Maryland counties for the investigation. The survey includes wages paid on all building construction projects between 1 March 2017, and 28 February 2018, in: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester.

The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The information provided for this survey will be used to establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

"Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates should reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers where the work takes place," said WHD regional administrator Mark Watson. "The US Department of Labor can only accomplish this with strong participation by employers in the Maryland building construction industry."

Without significant employer participation, wage rates may not reflect actual wages or may create incomplete wage determinations, which lead to requests for further classifications according to the DoL.

Wage data should be submitted for all projects meeting the criteria, regardless of funding sources. Notification letters and data collection forms, known as WD-10s, are being sent to interested parties and contractors known to WHD. There is no need to have received a letter in order to answer the survey. Responses must be postmarked by 31 December 2018, to be included. The survey can also be completed electronically.


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This article was published on 9 Jul 2018 (last updated on 9 Jul 2018).

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