Effective August 1, 2017, the Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit Rates increased for those affected Service Contract Act wage determinations. The low-level (employee-by-employee) benefit is $4.41 per hour or $176.40 per week or $764.40 per month. Also, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will continue to issue SCA wage determinations based on the average cost method of compliance. The high-level (average cost) benefit rate is $4.41 per hour. WHD will issue the average cost fringe benefit wage determinations only for those contracts where the formerly grandfathered high-level benefit rate applied. If you receive a wage determination that does not contain the new Health and Welfare rate of $4.41, please contact WHD via email at the address listed below. For contracts performed in the State of Hawaii; contracts subject to Executive Order 13706 on sick leave, or if there are any questions, please refer to All Agency Memorandum Number 225 (PDF, HTML), or contact WHD via phone or email listed below. Contracting agencies may make pen and ink changes to their current WDs received for contracts beginning on or after August 1, 2017, and for which the updated H&W rates were not included.
With inquiries about Service Contract Act policies, wage rates and/or benefits, please call (202) 693-0073 or email WHD-WDS-PolicySupport@dol.gov.