After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, a concrete contractor has paid $92,290 in back wages to 27 employees for violating prevailing wage requirements on a bridge rehabilitation project.
WHD investigators found that JM Concrete Inc., based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, violated the Davis-Bacon Act when it failed to pay required prevailing wages and fringe benefits to the project’s carpenters, truck drivers, power equipment operators and general laborers. The concrete contractor also failed to pay workers weekly as the law requires.
JM Concrete works on commercial and federal government contracts. The $1.8 million Lorenzo Bridge project included the replacement of a bridge deck’s top layer and approach slabs, curb repairs, metal rail replacement and fixing cracks in abutments, piers and girders. Funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, the State of Idaho Transportation Department administered the grant.
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. Under the act, contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area.
Pechman Law Group has experience working with workers who have been cheated out of their prevailing wages. If you are a construction worker and have any questions about your prevailing wage pay, please contact us at 212-583-9500 for a free consultation.