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Davis-Bacon Compliance

​We help contracting agencies ensure construction contractor and subcontractor compliance with the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and other federal labor standards.

Contractors  and subcontractors must comply with the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts  (DBRA) and other federal labor standards for most federally funded  construction projects. Under these requirements, contractors and  subcontractors must properly classify workers, pay workers no less than  prevailing wages, follow regulations for employee deductions, pay  overtime at time and one half, submit weekly certified payrolls to the  contracting agency, and maintain required job site postings. Contractors  and subcontractors must also be eligible to work on federally funded  projects.

The  contracting agency that has the contract with the general contractor is  responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance. The agency's Labor  Compliance Officer is tasked with this responsibility. ARTOVIA is  available to serve as your agency's Labor Compliance Officer or to  supplement your labor compliance team.

​Prior to construction of your DBRA covered project, we help you ensure the correct wage determination and  labor compliance provisions are included in the construction contract  documents and we inform contractors of their responsibilities for  compliance.

During  construction, we monitor contractors and subcontractors to ensure they  are complying with the DBRA and federal labor standards and provide ongoing  technical assistance to them. This is particularly valuable when  contractors have limited labor standards experience or limited staff. We  notify contractors of any non-compliance issues and ensure they are  quickly addressed. We employ internal checklists and standard operating  procedures to help ensure that non-compliance items are identified and  addressed as quickly as possible.

Misclassification  of construction workers on certified payrolls is certainly a common  issue and can cost workers thousands of dollars in lost wages and  benefits if they are not detected during monitoring. With our expertise  in both labor standards and many types of construction, we can readily  identify misclassifications and ensure that workers are quickly paid  restitution for the actual work they performed.

We'll help you maintain records and prepare enforcement reports to show the funding agencies and the DOL that you have monitored contractors and subcontractors and ensured they've complied with Davis-Bacon requirements.

We  work with all types of DBRA construction projects that are funded from a  variety of federal sources such as HUD, EPA, USDOT, DOE, DOD and U.S. Department of Education among others.


  • Selection of proper prevailing wage determinations

  • Incorporation of proper labor provisions into bid and construction documents

  • Verification of contractor eligibility to work on federal programs

  • Assistance with DBRA and other labor standards at preconstruction meetings

  • Review weekly certified payrolls and provide compliance reports with corrective action needed

  • Review corrected payrolls and confirm restitution

  • Manage requests for additional classifications

  • Compare payrolls against inspection reports

  • Overtime compliance

  • Apprenticeship/trainee program verifications

  • On-site labor interviews and verification of postings

  • Technical assistance

  • Record keeping and reporting

Let's talk about your needs.

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Paul Barcelona, P.E.
Capital Project & Program Management Expert

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