In public works, wages usually include benefits and overtime payments paid to laborers. A person deserving the pay are those doing manual and any other physical work as opposed to those undertaking mental or managerial functions. The payments, however, vary from place to place depending on the region that the work is taking place. Mainly, the minimum payments were set to protect workers from swindling employers by encouraging reliable prevailing wage contractors.
Before beginning any public works, any contractor who has to pay the prevailing wages should file a bond with the Construction Contractors Board. This is done when the employer is not licensed under CCB. Minority groups, for instance, women, disabled, and youths are excused up to four years after certification hence are not required to file. Those dealing with a project of less than a certain threshold, it may not be necessary to file the bond.
Calculating prevailing wages leads to different results in different locales and are set by the department of labor. The rates are arrived at by surveying the locality and estimating the amount paid to each job classification. They may also be set according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are subject to change based on the job market.
Trainees and apprentices can be paid a certain percentage of the overall rate in accordance with their working terms. The payments depend upon the hours worked by the trainee on site and the zone of work. If they work in a ratio that is not working correctly, they stand to be given the whole benefits package.
The managers, supervisors, and work owners can also be accountable for the pay. This happens when they perform manual work in the site for a set period of their working week. When they work for that portion of hours, each hour they did the manual work is calculated and they are paid applicably. If less than twenty percent was worked on, they do not get any pay.
The professionals should also pay in prevalence the physical location of the project. This is where the construction will remain on completion of the project. In inclusion, the pits, plants, and other things in closeness to the structure are calculated. In case the site was given out, the tasks performed in the site and the distance to the construction site should also be treated accordingly.
For truck drivers and other delivery personnel, they are not subject to the wages especially if they deliver from outside the site. This is because it is difficult to estimate payments for work not well evaluated. However, when the driving is done within the construction site or if the drivers engage in manual work within the site, they should be paid the set wages.
Any hour worked for above the set eight hours in a day is regarded as overtime and should be paid. The workers should also be paid hours worked on weekends and all other legal holidays. If the legal holidays fall on a weekend, the following working day is regarded as the holiday and hours worked then should be paid accordingly. Overtime is usually calculated as a certain rate of the set hourly pay.