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Aug. 2, 2021, 9:56 AM

Punching In: DOL’s Prevailing Wage Enforcement Is Poised to Boom

Ben Penn
Ben Penn
Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

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Ben Penn: Prevailing wage standards on publicly financed building projects are attracting a rare national spotlight as the infrastructure push heats up on Capitol Hill, raising the prospect of increased focus on federal investigations.

The Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 federal law that requires local prevailing wages to be paid on federally funded public-works projects, traditionally has been on the government’s labor-enforcement back burner. But that will change if the $550 billion infrastructure deal reached in the Senate last week becomes law.

The prevailing level, as ...

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