Q: How does DOL determine whether the "building" rate or the "heavy/highway" rate should be used for particular work?
A: Prevailing rates are based on collectively bargained agreements. The Department utilizes those agreements to determine the rate that covers the type of work activity in question.
Q: May contractors request an opinion from the Bureau of Public Work when there is a classification question as to which trade and rate to use prior to bid?
A: Yes. Requests should be in writing and include sufficient information regarding the work in question. All requests should be forwarded to the Public Work office nearest where the project takes place.
Q: If an employee is working in more than one classification of work during the same day or during the same week, how should a contractor report this on his payroll records?
A: The contractor and every subcontractor shall keep original payrolls or transcripts thereof showing the hours and days worked by each worker, the occupation at which he/she worked, the hourly wage paid and the supplements paid or provided. [Section 220, subd. 3-a (a)]
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