Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Prevailing Wages Effective September 1, 2010

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) published new prevailing wage rates on August 2, 2010 that will become effective on September 1, 2010.  Click here for L&I's prevailing wage page.

Bid Submittal Deadline:  The prevailing wage rates for a project are those in effect on the bid submittal deadline for the project.  Thus, for any project with a bid submittal deadline of September 1, 2010 or later, the new wage rates will need to be included in the bidding documents, by addendum if necessary.

New L&I Website for Rates:  L&I has also implemented a new system for looking up and printing prevailing wages rates.  Click here for instructions and help about using the new system.  From a quick review of the new system, it appears to be more cumbersome for public agencies who are required to print and include prevailing wages in the bidding documents.  I would be interested in hearing what public agencies think of the new system.

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