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Labor and wage compliance - Prevailing wage compliance

Since 1931, Wisconsin law now codified in Wisconsin Statutes section 103.50 has required employees on state highway and bridge projects to be paid prevailing wage. Other prevailing wage statutes include Wisconsin Statutes section 103.49 for public works contracts and section 66.0903 for projects by local governments. The federal Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S. Code sections 3141-3148) and related acts and federal regulations apply to projects with federal funding.

Contractor violations of prevailing wage and other labor laws may result in suspension or debarment, which are actions that prevent contractors from entering into contracts for WisDOT projects for a period of time. The rules for suspension and debarment are in Chapter Trans 504, Wisconsin Administrative Code.

Current prevailing wages (by county)

Prevailing wage laws have special application in the following trades and crafts

Wage complaints

Employees who believe they have not received prevailing wage on state projects may contact the equal rights officer in their region. An investigation may begin if an employee submits to an equal rights officer a complete, signed Wages Claim Form. Complainant identities are kept confidential.

More information relating to prevailing wage

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Jay Jerde, jay.jerde@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: Feb. 11, 2014

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