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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 11-993-SAN (SF-161)


July 5, 2011


Deanne Amaden


(415) 625-2630

US Department of Labor to offer assistance with prevailing wage rules at July 20 - 21 conference in Honolulu

Conference will provide compliance assistance on Davis-Bacon Act, other federal laws

HONOLULU -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will host a free conference in Honolulu July 20 – 21 for the federal, state and local contracting communities to provide information on federal rules concerning prevailing wages and other labor law requirements for construction projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

General contractors, subcontractors, contracting agencies and affected employee groups are among those encouraged to attend the conference, which will be held at the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, 1249 Kolekole Ave., Building No. 2060, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii 96786. Two separate sessions will be offered, with participants invited to attend either or both. In the July 20 session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Davis-Bacon Act. The July 21 session will focus on the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Both sessions will cover how those laws apply to Recovery Act-funded projects, such as infrastructure improvements to buildings, highways, military residences and bridges, as well as to specific types of tax-favored bonds and weatherization improvements.

The sessions also will offer information on the overall compliance and enforcement processes; on obtaining wage determinations and adding classifications; and on appealing wage rate, coverage and compliance determinations. Davis-Bacon contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under federal contracts no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area.

There is no fee for attending this conference; however, space is limited. Individuals wishing to attend should send their names, titles, organizations, email addresses and telephone numbers to, and indicate which session(s) they plan to attend. Upon receipt of this information, the Wage and Hour Division will advise each individual whether the request can be accommodated. For questions about the conference, call 202-693-0664.

For more information on the federal prevailing wage statutes or other laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, call the department’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit the agency’s website at . For more information about the Recovery Act as it relates to the Labor Department, visit .


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