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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 09-849-CHI


July 28, 2009


Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell



U.S. Department of Labor offers free Recovery Act Prevailing Wage Conference Aug. 18 to 20 in Chicago area

Chicago, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will host a Prevailing Wage Conference in Chicago from Aug. 18 to 20 to provide information to the federal, state, and local contracting communities on labor laws applicable to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) projects.

Conference attendees will gain insights on the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and how those laws apply to projects funded by the Recovery Act.

Individuals wishing to attend should send their names, titles, organizations, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers to There is no fee for attending this conference; however, space is limited. Upon receipt of this information, the Wage and Hour Division will advise each individual whether the request can be accommodated. The division expects to host additional Prevailing Wage Conferences in other regions of the country in the coming months. Members of the public should call 202-693-0664 with questions.

Federal representatives will conduct the program seminars — with special emphasis on DBA, SCA, and FLSA compliance principles; the process of obtaining wage determinations and adding classifications; compliance and enforcement processes; and the process for appealing wage rate, coverage and compliance determinations.

For more information on the federal prevailing wage statutes or other laws the Wage and Hour Division administers, call the department’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit the Internet For Recovery Act-related information, visit


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