An Analysis of Certain Aspects of the Administration of the Davis- Bacon Act

by Robert S. Goldfarb on May 4, 1976
by Robert S. Goldfarb and John F. Morrall

The Davis-Bacon Act, which was passed and signed into law in 1931, requires that contractors engaged in Federal government construction projects must pay their employees at wage rates not less than local “prevailing wages” as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor (DDL). Since 1931, over 60 Federal laws have been enacted that include provisions requiring that prevailing wages be paid on Federal funded construction such as: the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the National Housing Act and the Water Quality Act of 1964. In addition forty-one States have “little Davis-Bacon Acts” that require contractors on State construction projects to pay various minimum wages…

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