Prevailing wage

Learn about prevailing wage for workers and planning for your project.

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Overview of prevailing wage

The prevailing wage is the minimum wage for certain workers on publicly funded construction projects.

The City of Minneapolis enforces federal (Davis-Bacon) prevailing wage rates on its construction projects over $50,000. The City requires payment to workers at least bi-weekly (unless the project is federally funded). Review the U.S. Department of Labor wU.S. Department Labor for all other information and resources adopted by the City.

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If the City of Minneapolis Prevailing Wage Ordinance applies, General Contractors must:

  • Submit a complete pre-construction book with contractor profile forms for all subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Post the project's prevailing wage decision, additional wage classifications, and the City's non-discrimination poster in an accessible, safe, and visible space on the project site.
  • Pay employees at least the prevailing wage rate, at least every two weeks.
  • Submit and ensure all subcontractors submit bi-weekly Certified Payroll Reports.
  • Provide and ensure subcontractors provide proof of employee payments, proof of independent contractor status, apprenticeship agreements approved by the state, and proof of wage restitution when asked to provide such documentation.
  • Facilitate on site visits with a contract compliance officer, when and if requested.
  • Ensure all subcontractors mark their last payrolls for labor performed on the project as "final."
  • Retain payroll records.
  • Cooperate with investigations conducted by any City Departments or Division.

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