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Labor Law Compliance

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) requires compliance with Article 8 of the New York State Labor Law and for certain contracts involving Federal funding, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. As a New York City Agency, the law requires contractors who perform work for the SCA to pay individuals working on public work projects not less than the prevailing wage rate. A new schedule of rates is published at least once each year. The prevailing wage rates used on SCA projects are those promulgated by the New York City Comptroller. The prevailing wage is different for each trade, and is based on the work that the individual actually performs, not the job title. For example, if the individual is doing the work of a "carpenter", the individual must receive the appropriate prevailing wage for a "carpenter", even though the individual might incorrectly be referred to as a "laborer". State Law requires that wage rates for public work projects are those established by collective bargaining agreements between trade unions and employers where the project is located. Required wages, supplements (fringe benefits), and hours of work are referred to collectively as the prevailing wage.

Apprentices on SCA sites must be registered with the NYS Department of Labor and must comply with established ratios. A ratio establishes the number of journey workers required for each apprentice in a program and on a job site. The Contractor is required to post the most current Section § 220 prevailing wage schedule and current SCA wage notices at each site of work in a prominent and accessible place where they can be easily seen.

The SCA works closely with the New York State Department of Labor, The Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York, The District Attorneys of New York City, The United States Department of Labor, The United States Attorney General and other entities and agencies to ensure compliance with these contractual requirements. Innovative language in SCA contracts requires that the contractor assume the cost of any investigation conducted by or on behalf of the SCA which discovers a failure to pay the prevailing wage by either the contractor or the subcontractor.

The SCA maintains a HOTLINE telephone number for inquiries and complaints regarding the failure of a contractor or subcontractor to comply with the requirement to pay the prevailing wage.

Individual workers, contractors, subcontractors, trade unions, and any other interested party may contact the SCA's Labor Law Compliance unit at:

Labor Law Compliance Unit
NYC School Construction Authority
30-30 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

You can learn more about the subject by selecting from the following related links:

Davis-Bacon Important Links