What is Meant by Prevailing Wage? Employment Attorney Adam Gonnelli Explains


If you’re a worker or a tradesman, and working
on government job, you may have heard the phrase ‘prevailing wage.’ Let’s talk about
what that means exactly. My name is Adam Gonnelli and I’m an employment attorney. In the field
of government contracting, a series of regulations were passed to make sure that workers were
paid a decent wage and that not every government bid became a race to the bottom where workers’
wages were pushed lower and lower and lower. However unfortunately, sometimes that still
happens. Here are 3 things that you need to know about the prevailing wage. First, it
needs to be a government job. It could be the federal government, it could be the state
government, it could be the local government but it still needs to be a government contracted
job. Second, you need to be a tradesman or a worker. Chances are what you should be paid
is spelled out clearly in a government regulation. Third, what you need to know is whether or
not you’re being paid a prevailing wage. And often the easiest way to find this out is
to compare what you’re paid on this job to what you’ve been paid on other jobs, whether
they’re government or private sector should give you a clear idea about whether you’re
getting a prevailing wage. If you’ve got questions as to whether you’re getting a prevailing
wage, here’s what I want you to do. Pick up the phone and give us a call. We deal with
these issues every day and we’d be happy to talk to you. I’m Adam Gonnelli and I’m an
employment lawyer. Thanks for listening.

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