By Bruce Jervis
The current political discussion regarding income inequality and livable wages brings to the forefront one of the oldest government wage mandates – the payment of “prevailing” wage and benefit rates on public construction projects. More and more government entities seem to be getting in on the act.
In Michigan, the City of Lansing imposed wage rates more stringent than the state Prevailing Wage Act. The Associated Builders and Contractors challenged the ordinance, arguing that wage rates on public construction projects were the exclusive domain of the state. Municipalities had no authority to dictate wage rates. This argument was rejected by an appellate court. ... Read more.
Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:
- Municipality Could Impose Higher Prevailing Wages
- Failure to Demand Arbitration at Comp Hearing Did Not Waive Right
By Steve Rizer
Construction Industry Institute (CII) has revealed a list of eight new research projects it will support for improving construction projects and practices across the industry. The eight topics address various areas, including the measurement of engineering/design deliverable quality, future construction needs of virtual design models, and best practices for succession planning. To see the complete list of topics selected for this year’s research slate, click here.