Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Prevailing Wage Rates Published

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries published updated prevailing wages on February 1, 2013.  According to WAC 296-127-011, the new prevailing wages will become effective 30 days later, or on March 3, 2013. 

Effective Date for Projects:  For any public works project with a bid submittal deadline of March 3, 2013 (a Sunday) or later, the new wage rates will be in effect.  For projects advertised prior to March 3, 2013, but which have a bid submittal date of March 3, 2013 or later, public agencies should issue an addendum with the revised prevailing wage rates.  To look up the new wage rates, visit Labor and Industries' website. 

Current Prevailing Wages:  Projects with a bid submittal deadline of March 2, 2013 (a Saturday) or earlier are governed by the current prevailing wage rates dated August 31, 2012. 

Notifying Contractors of Applicable Wages:  It is important for public agencies to make sure that the correct prevailing wage rates are either included in the bidding documents for any public works project bidding on or after March 3, 2013, or that the bidding documents reference L&I's website and include other information.  See my previous blog entry on incorporation of the prevailing wage rates by reference.

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