Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Prevailing Wages and Changes to Online Approval Process

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has published updated prevailing wages on February 1, 2011 that will become effective on March 3, 2011.

Wage Changes Prior to March 3:  L&I may publish other changes prior to March 3, 2011 that may become effective on March 3 (if approved as an emergency), or that will become effective 30 days after the publication of the corrected wage rate.  

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, 2011, 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.

View New Prevailing Wages:  To view the March 3, 2011 prevailing wage rates, visit L&I's website.

Revised Online Approval Website:  L&I has also redesigned the online Prevailing Wage Intents and Affidavits (PWIA) system that will go into effect on March 1, 2011.  Click here for a tour of the changes to the system.  

Contractor's "Intents" Must Be Approved Prior to Subcontractors:  One of the more significant changes in the PWIA system is that the prime contractor will "need to file, and have approved, their Statement of Intent to Pay Prevailing Wages (Intent) before any sub-contractors can file their Intent for the same project."  This change will ensure that basic project information is consistent between the prime contractor and the subcontractors by having the prime fill out the basic information about the project; subcontractors would not fill out certain basic project information but would use the information entered by the prime.  Click here for an explanation of the change.
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