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Wage and Hour Division

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Compliance Assistance - Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA)


The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA), as amended, establishes minimum wage, maximum hours, and safety and health standards for work on contracts in excess of $10,000 for the manufacturing or furnishing of materials, supplies, articles, or equipment to the U.S. government or the District of Columbia. All provisions of the PCA are administered by the Wage and Hour Division except the safety and health requirements, which are administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The PCA does not apply to certain contracts, including the following:

  • Certain “open market” purchases;
  • Purchases of perishables;
  • Certain agricultural purchases;
  • Contracts for public utility services and certain transportation and communication services;
  • Supplies manufactured or furnished outside the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) or the Virgin Islands;
  • Contracts administratively exempted by the Secretary of Labor in special circumstances.

Covered workers must be paid not less that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) federal minimum wage and overtime pay of at least one and one-half times the worker’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

The contractor must display copies of the Service Contract Act/Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act Poster during the period that covered work is being performed on the contract.



Fact Sheets

Workplace Posters

Interpretive Guidance

  • Field Operations Handbook
    • Chapter 13 — Coverage of the Public Contracts Act (PDF)

Applicable Laws and Regulations