The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts apply to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act and Related Act contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area.
The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Department of Labor to determine such locally prevailing wage rates. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts. The Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage provisions apply to the “Related Acts,” under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance.
For prime contracts in excess of $100,000, contractors and subcontractors must also, under the provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, as amended, pay laborers and mechanics, including guards and watchmen, at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act may also apply to DBA-covered contracts.
NOTICE: The Department encourages interested parties to submit comments on the Notice of Proposed Rule: Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations by May 17, 2022. Anyone who submits a comment (including duplicate comments) should understand and expect that the comment, including any personal information provided, will become a matter of public record and will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov. WHD posts comments gathered and submitted by a third-party organization as a group under a single document ID number on www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
Guidance materials about the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, including guides for both employers and employees, and more.
Learn more by reading fact sheets that cover a variety of Davis-Bacon and Related Acts topics.
Access interactive online tools, posters, and presentations about the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.
Review Administrator Interpretations, Opinion and Ruling Letters as well as chapters of the WHD Field Operations Handbook.
Review the laws and regulations.
Online Training For Government Contracting Officials
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is pleased to announce that online training is now available to assist all federal, state and local contracting agencies with information on federal rules concerning prevailing wages and other labor law requirements. The training modules, presented by WHD staff and its federal agency partners, provide contracting officials with information on the process of obtaining wage determinations; adding classifications to wage determinations (conformances); compliance principles, and enforcement process under both the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the McNamara Service Contract Act (SCA).
Specifically, two training modules are currently being offered online. A four-hour session for the DBA and a second four-hour session on the SCA. These training modules and accompanying PowerPoint presentations are available in their entirety at the following links:
- Davis-Bacon Act PowerPoint
- Davis Bacon Compliance Principles
- Certified Payroll Exercise
- sam.gov - This website provides a single location for federal contracting officers to use in obtaining appropriate Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations (WDs) for each official contract action. The website is available to the general public as well. Guidance in selecting WDs from this website is provided in the https://sam.gov/content/home Learning Center.