The prevailing wage is the minimum hourly wage for a certain classification of labor performed on public construction projects. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development issues the rates of each project and determines which rate applies to which classification.
Connecticut’s prevailing wage law is codified in Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-53 and 31-53a. The law applies to each contract for the construction, remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works project by the State or its agents, or by any political subdivision of the State. For more information, click here.
Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 31-53(g) provides monetary thresholds which must be met before the law is applicable. The prevailing wage law does not apply where the total cost of all work to be performed by all contractors and subcontractors in connection with new construction of a public works project is less than four hundred thousand ($400,000) dollars. The prevailing wages law does not apply in connection with remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works project under one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars. Source: CT DOL
Construction projects financed by the government for the benefit or use of the general public. Projects can be classified as building, heavy, highway or residential (under 4 stories). Note: Under current law, the state or political subdivision must award the contract and be a party to the contract and not be a mere grantor of funds for the project to be covered. Source: CT DOL
The Labor Commissioner, since 1977, has adopted and used the prevailing wage rate determinations as have been made by the United States Secretary of Labor, under the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, as amended. The rate is recalculated and updated each July 1. Source: CT DOL
The following steps will assist you with determining your rate of pay under the prevailing wage law.