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Government Contractor's Guide to Davis-Bacon Act Compliance

Our Government Contractor's Guide to Davis-Bacon Act Compliance addresses issues involving federal contractors. Learn how to protect yourself from claims for unpaid prevailing wages or debarment.

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$189.00 Government Contractor's Guide to Davis-Bacon Act Compliance (Print)

Augment your compliance training and internal controls programs. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR 52.203-13), entitled Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, requires contractors not represented as small businesses to establish an ongoing business ethics awareness and compliance program, as well as effective internal controls. Purchasing compliance resources can augment your company’s code of ethics and training programs by providing specific guidance on contractual obligations. Training can also be a significant part of an internal control system.

The Davis-Bacon Act has been around since the 1930s, but it is still causing compliance headaches for government contractors. What and whom does the Davis-Bacon Act 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 Davis-Bacon Act?

It’s critical for contractors to correctly answer these questions — especially since the U.S. Department of Labor is ramping up its enforcement of federal wage and hour laws for federal contractors. The penalties for non-compliance can be serious, including everything from claims for unpaid prevailing wages to debarment. And that’s not even considering the wave of employment class action suits that may arise, which could lead to millions of dollars in recoverable damages, attorney’s fees and administrative costs. If you’re involved in federal public works or construction, you need to be in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act.

The U.S. Department of Labor has ramped up their investigation and enforcement of federal wage and hour laws for federal contractors — including contracts covered by the Davis-Bacon Act. Non-compliance can lead to everything from claims for unpaid prevailing wages to debarment. Alleged violations have also spurred a wave of employment class action suits, with costly financial results.

Major Topics Covered

You will gain comprehensive, one-stop exposure to the Davis-Bacon Act related issues involving federal contractors. You will learn:

  • When the DBA applies

  • How to meet DBA wage determination obligations

  • What to do if there are problems with your contracts

  • Best practices for keeping up with DBA recordkeeping and certified payroll requirements

  • What your potential DBA penalty liabilities are

  • How to deal with DOL enforcement

  • And more!

The Guide helps you keep your DBA contracts and stay in compliance with plain-language explanations of regulations, statutes and agency guidance, supplemented by a carefully selected offering of primary resources including agency guidance and required employment posters.

Format and Frequency

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Authors and Editors

Shlomo D. Katz

Shlomo D. Katz Esq. is Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of the international law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, where he is Leader of the Wage & Hour Practice Group and also practices commercial and government procurement law and litigation. Mr. Katz’s wage and hour experience includes the following: advising employers on compliance with the minimum wage, working time, and overtime requirements of the FLSA; advising employers on compliance with the prevailing wage and fringe benefit requirements of the Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act; and defending employers in litigation and DOL investigations under the above laws, as well as the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. Mr. Katz has successfully litigated before federal, state, and local courts and administrative tribunals. He is co-author of Federal Contractor’s Guide to Employment Law Compliance; Fair Labor Standards Handbook for States, Local Governments and Schools; Employer’s Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act; Public Employer’s Guide to FLSA Employee Classification; and FLSA Employee Exemption Handbook, all published by Thompson Information Services. Mr. Katz has served on the editorial advisory board for the monthly newsletters of all five publications and regularly publishes expert commentary on wage and hour trends and government contracts issues.

Daniel B. Abrahams
Dan Abrahams is a Partner in the Government Contracts and Wage and Hour Group.  He counsels clients in matters related to government contracts, wage and hour, and federal employee health care law.  Dan represents clients in federal and state courts and in arbitrations, as well as before various boards of contract appeals.  His experience includes collective and class actions, bid protests, contract claims, wage and hour audits and compliance counseling.

Pamela A. Reynolds

Pamela A. Reynolds, counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Brown Rudnick LLP, and member of the Government Contracts Practice Group, advises clients in connection with Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act and wage payment and prevailing wage laws. Ms. Reynolds also advises clients on a variety of other government contracting issues, including contract compliance, claim preparation, subcontract and/or teaming agreements, as well as with federal small business programs. Ms. Reynolds' litigation experience includes bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, contract claims before Boards of Contract Appeals, wage and hour disputes at the United States Department of Labor, and size protests at the United States Small Business Administration Office of Hearing and Appeals. 

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