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How to Conduct a Prevailing Wage Survey Under FLSA Section 14(c)
To conduct a survey, the employer must obtain wage information for each job classification being performed by workers to be paid a special minimum wage. The employer should prepare a detailed job description for each job being surveyed to ensure that all parties fully understand what job is being surveyed.
The employer should obtain wage data from comparable businesses in the vicinity that primarily employ workers who do not have disabilities performing the same work and utilizing similar methods and equipment as used by the worker with a disability.
A comparable business is one that either employs a similar number of employees or competes for contracts of a similar size and nature. The appropriate size of the sample the number of firms surveyed will depend on the number of firms doing similar work in the vicinity, but normally should include no less than three. The prevailing wage information should be solicited, preferably in writing, and the employer conducting the survey must record information regarding each prevailing wage survey contact.
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