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U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Survey of Highway Construction Projects to Ensure Delaware Employees Covered by Proper Wage Rates

PHILADELPHIA, PA – To help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of highway construction projects in Delaware.

The survey includes wages paid on all highway construction projects – active between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 – throughout the state of Delaware. The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The information provided for this survey will be used to establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

"Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates should reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction employees where the work takes place," said Wage and Hour Division Regional Administrator Mark Watson, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "The U.S. Department of Labor can best accomplish this goal with strong participation by the Delaware construction industry."

Without significant participation by contractors and other interested parties, wage rates may not fully reflect actual wages and wage determinations may be incomplete, which leads to requests for additional classifications. Wage data should be submitted for all projects meeting the criteria, regardless of funding sources.

Notification letters and data collection forms, known as WD-10s, are being sent to interested parties and contractors known to the WHD. Responses must be postmarked by March 27, 2020, to be included. To complete the survey electronically, visit

You do not need to receive a letter to answer the survey. If you would like to participate, or have questions regarding the survey process or completing the WD-10 form, contact Angel A. Aguero at 267-687-4059.

WHD's mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce. WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other laws applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Wage and Hour Division
October 11, 2019
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