Thompson Government Contracting

Mastering Prevailing Wage Compliance:
A Two-Part Series on Certified Payroll and the Davis Bacon Act

Webinar Details

Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

The Davis Bacon Act (DBA) has been around since the 1930s, but it’s still causing headaches for federal construction contractors. Not only can violations of the DBA lead to the loss of business and even suspension or debarment, but submitting weekly certified payroll reports can be a burdensome surprise to companies new to government contracting.

That’s why everyone on your team must understand how to comply with the Davis Bacon Act’s prevailing law requirements: What and whom does the DBA cover? How does it interact with related federal and state prevailing wage laws? How do you determine the prevailing wage rate? What are the record-keeping requirements under the DBA?

Now, this 2-webinar series covers both DBA legal compliance and certified payroll—so your entire team can cover all the bases for staying compliant.

Webinar Series: Mastering Prevailing Wage Compliance:
A Two-Part Series on Certified Payroll and the Davis Bacon Act

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Purchasing these webinars separately would normally cost $428, but buy today and get them both for only $379!

Live Webinar: Understanding the Davis-Bacon Act:
Prevailing Wage Law on Government Contracts

LIVE WEBINAR: April 13, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30pm ET
1.5 CPE credits

If you’re involved in federal public works and construction contracts, violating Davis-Bacon wage rules can bankrupt you. Learn how to avoid pitfalls and comply.

In this 90-minute webinar, Van Allyn Goodwin—an expert on Davis-Bacon compliance—gives contractors clear guidance on how to bid on and perform federal public works contracts without risking debarment, class action suits, and millions of dollars in liability for damages and attorneys’ fees. You’ll learn whom Davis-Bacon covers, how it interacts with other federal and state prevailing-wage laws, how to determine the prevailing-wage rate, and how to comply with recordkeeping requirements.

Learning Objectives:

Reserve your space now to help your entire team avoid Davis-Bacon risks, including:

  • What the Act covers and the contract provisions that invoke Davis-Bacon compliance
  • How to satisfy prevailing wage rates
  • Aspects of coverage, including site of the work, work classifications, benefits, tradesmen, truck drivers, apprentices, helpers and trainees
  • Crucial differences between Davis-Bacon and state prevailing wage laws
  • How you are affected by recently enacted legislation and executive orders that impose prevailing wage and employment law requirements on federal contractors
  • Potential consequences of noncompliance

With the US Department of Labor ramping up enforcement, there’s no margin for error! Rely on this webinar to take the guesswork out of compliance—and protecting your business.

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This webinar is of immediate value to all federal contractors bidding on and performing public works contracts. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Contract administrators
  • Program managers
  • Buyers (and similar contract personnel)
  • Human resources, payroll and/or benefits administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Consulting firms
  • Brokers

OnDemand Webinar: Certified Payroll and Prevailing Wage Reports:
A Practical Guide to Compliance

Now Available OnDemand!

Don’t get caught in a “prevailing wage” nightmare! Learn how to comply with certified payroll requirements on your government-funded construction project.

In this 90-minute webinar, certified payroll expert Nancy Smyth explains what contractors must know— and do—to meet the Federal WH-347 reporting requirements and avoid denial of payment, non-approval of payment requisitions (including change orders and claims), and even contract termination. You’ll also learn how to translate these requirements into state-specific prevailing wage mandates.

Learning Objectives:

Reserve your space now to bring your entire project team up to date on handling certified payroll, including how to:

  • Know what’s new in prevailing wage compliance
  • Comply with labor standards and payroll reporting requirements
  • Understand the differences between federal Davis-Bacon Act forms vs. state prevailing wage forms and when to use each
  • Comply with various “electronic or online” certified payroll reporting requirements
  • Complete a Federal WH-347 Certified Payroll Report and Statement of Compliance and apply this knowledge to state-specific requirements
  • Learn the various ways contractors pay prevailing wage fringe benefits and how to report them on the final reports
  • Use best practices for tracking employee time and work classifications
  • Request additional "trade/work classifications" and wage rates
  • Identify typical errors that require correction and what happens when things go wrong
  • Apply common methods for creating Certified Payroll Reports, Statements of Compliance, EEOC, and Fringe Benefit Reports
  • Automate these time-consuming, error-prone tasks
  • Why it’s vital to include your subcontractors in your payroll reporting practices

Don’t risk making “prevailing wage” mistakes that cost you your contract—and more. Sign up for this webinar as a firm and let everyone on your team how to handle certified payroll.

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This webinar is of immediate value to all business that are (or are interested in) working on government-funded construction projects. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Contracting business owners
  • Estimators
  • Controllers
  • CFOs
  • Payroll processors
  • Office managers
  • Accounting and consulting professionals

Nancy Smyth
Nancy Smyth has been working with commercial/government construction contractors for more than 20 years. Her primary focus is helping contractors comply with ever-changing wage laws using QuickBooks Financial Software. As president of Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc., she is a key player in the development of several QuickBooks Add-Ons for the construction industry. She is also the author of the QuickBooks for Contractors blog.

Van Allyn Goodwin

With expertise that covers the full range of employment and labor law, Van Allyn Goodwin routinely defends employers in complex employment litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as in agency proceedings before the U. S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and various California agencies responsible for the enforcement of California employment and labor relations laws. 

He has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour (including prevailing wage laws), leaves of absence, and personnel / human resources issues.

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