Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
Naval Air Station contractor agrees to pay 13 workers more than $52,000 in back wages following US Department of Labor investigation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $52,370 in back wages for 13 employees of Mansfield Industrial Inc. following an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found the company violated provisions of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.
Mansfield Industrial is a steel erection and coatings company located in Pensacola that provides roofing, painting and metalworking services. It is doing repair work to a hanger at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
“Contractors and subcontractors hired to perform services on federally funded projects have an obligation to comply thoroughly and consistently with federal law,” said Michael Young, director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division district office in Jacksonville. “The department is committed to ensuring that proper prevailing wages and benefits are paid to employees working on federal contracts.”
The Davis-Bacon Act requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal and certain federally funded projects to pay their laborers and mechanics prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits determined by the secretary of labor.
Investigators found that the company failed to pay the required prevailing wage rate for all categories of work performed due to misinterpreting the Davis-Bacon regulations regarding wage determinations and fringe benefits. This situation resulted in seven employees being underpaid a total of $3,970. The employer also failed to pay the required fringe benefit to 13 employees, resulting in $47,601 in back wages due.
In addition, the investigation revealed that the company had violated provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act when it paid workers overtime compensation below the prevailing wage rate. Six employees received $799 in overtime pay for hours they worked over 40 in a week because the company had calculated their overtime pay using the wrong rate required under Davis-Bacon.
The Contract Works Hours and Safety Standards Act applies to contractors and subcontractors with federal service contracts and federally funded and assisted construction contracts exceeding $100,000. Covered contracts include those entered into by the United States, any agency or instrumentality of the U.S. and the District of Columbia.
The employer has agreed to future compliance with all provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, and is paying the required fringe benefits on all other covered contracts.
For more information on the Davis-Bacon Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, and other federal laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the division’s Jacksonville office at 904-359-9292 or call its national toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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