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I recently started a job working for a construction company in MA. This guy got a contract as a subcontractor on state job repairing a road. I have a couple of questions. First I know what the other guys who work with me make because they told me. And it's more than I make. So how do I find out exactly what the prevailing wage is supposed to be and whether I'm getting what I should? The other question is whether the prevailing wage laws apply to subcontractors in MA? Thanks.

 
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Prevailing wage

For those who do not know, the prevailing wage is an hourly rate set by the state for work performed on Massachusetts construction projects.  It is sort of like a minimum wage that the state sets for each project.  Different types of jobs, or classifications, must be paid a set amount by the contractors working on state projects.  In other words, the rates may specify that someone doing one job gets $X per hour and someone doing another job gets $X+1 per hour.  The prevailing wage does not, however, apply to those who perform supervisory roles. 

The prevailing wage does apply to all employees of sub-contractors, including workers who do not spend all of their time on the construction site, such as truck drivers who drive to and from the site.  To your second question, the first thing you should know is that the wage rates are set for each individual project and, so, may vary from one construction project to another.  To make it easier for workers to figure out what they should be paid, MA law requires that the rates for each project be posted in a conspicuous place, on the site of the construction.  You can also obtain a copy of the wage rates for a particular project by contacting the awarding authority or the Fair Labor Business Practices Division.  Follow this link for contact information regarding the prevailing wage

 

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