Thursday, July 31, 2008

Prevailing Wage Act Part 2

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court's ruling that road milling and resurfacing projects fall under the definition of "public work" in the Prevailing Wage Act. Now, Townships will now be required to pay the prevailing wage for some projects that were previously considered to be routine maintenance work, which is exempt from the law's requirements. The Supreme Court examined the underlying principles of the Prevailing Wage Act, which the Court said is to protect workers employed on public works projects from receiving substandard pay.

The Department of Labor & Industry which sets the prevailing wage, has issued a list of common road projects and how they will be classified.

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