The Compensation division of the Career Service Authority is responsible for establishing prevailing wage rates for the City and County of Denver. The prevailing wage rates are established to ensure appropriate levels of compensation for employees of organizations who contract with the City to perform a service in construction, repair, and/or maintenance of any public building or public work by or on behalf of the city which costs $2,000 or more.
Pursuant to Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) Section 20-76, the Career Service Board is responsible for determining the prevailing wage rates used on City and County of Denver projects. The board makes such determinations at least once a year, or as frequently as is considered necessary by the board.
The Denver City Auditor is responsible for enforcing the City's prevailing wage requirements. DRMC Section 20-76(d), Mandatory Contract Provisions; Enforcement, requires the following of every applicable contract:
The Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) Section 20-76 (c) 3), states that Davis Bacon Act rates should be used. If there are jobs which are not covered by Davis-Bacon then the prevailing wage is determined at least annually based on a Denver metropolitan area survey using the same methodology that Davis-Bacon uses. If there is insufficient data available in the Denver metro area to determine the prevailing wage, then the ordinance directs the Career Service Board to refer to the Service Contract Labor Act rates to determine the prevailing wage.
DRMC Section 20-76, in general, declares that any contractor or sub-contractor performing work on or at a City facility costing $2,000 or more, must pay their employees working on those projects nothing less than the appropriate prevailing wage rate for the classification of worker.
The Career Service Board must give reasonable public notice of the time and place of the hearing when prevailing wages are proposed. Career Service Authority posts Public Notices on its Website located at here. To receive notification of Career Service Public Hearings regarding Prevailing Wage rate changes, sign-up for e-mail notifications here.
The Davis-Bacon Act, as amended, requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Under the provisions of the Act, contractors or their subcontractors are to pay workers employed directly upon the site of the work no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character. The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Secretary of Labor to determine such local prevailing wage rates.
In addition to the Davis-Bacon Act itself, Congress has added prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 statutes which assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. These "related Acts" involve construction in such areas as transportation, housing, air and water pollution reduction, and health. If a construction project is funded or assisted under more than one Federal statute, the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions may apply to the project if any of the applicable statutes requires payment of Davis-Bacon wage rates.
The geographic scope of the Davis-Bacon Act is limited, by its terms, to the 50 States and the District of Columbia. By the same token, the scope of each of the related Acts is determined by the terms of the particular statute under which the Federal assistance is provided. For example, Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions would apply to a construction contract located in Guam or the Virgin Islands funded under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, even though the Davis-Bacon Act itself does not apply to Federal construction contracts to be performed outside the 50 States and the District of Columbia.