Prime Contractors Are on the Hook for Subcontractors’ Prevailing Wage Violations

In the course of my career working with federal contractors, I’ve seen it happen time and time again: a subcontractor violates an applicable prevailing wage statute (either the Davis-Bacon Act or the Service Contract Act) by failing to provide its employees with the required wages and/or fringe benefits. The Department of Labor gets involved, and eventually, the employees are made whole–often by the prime contractor, which is on the hook for its subcontractor’s violations.  More

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