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Overview of the Davis-Bacon Act


What is the Davis-Bacon Act?

The Davis-Bacon Act is one of several federal statutes that apply to federal contractors and subcontractors. It was enacted in 1931 to protect local communities and workers from the economic disruption caused by competition arising from nonlocal contractors coming into the area and obtaining federal construction contracts by underbidding local wage levels. The Act requires that each contract for construction, alteration or repair of public buildings or public works for which advertised specifications are for an amount in excess of $2,000 include language requiring contractor/subcontractor to pay laborers and mechanics employed on site of the work a minimum prevailing wage rate not less often than once a week. This video reviews other federal and prevailing wage laws that may apply.

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Van Allyn Goodwin, Esq.

Van Allyn Goodwin, Esq.

Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • Senior shareholder and attorney with Littler Mendelson P.C., the largest global employment and labor law practice devoted exclusively to representing management with more than 1,500 attorneys in 80 offices throughout the world
  • Practice includes all aspects of employment and labor relations law, with an emphasis on wage and hour laws, including both federal and State prevailing wage laws
  • Regularly advises employers regarding employment and labor relations matters and represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and in arbitrations
  • Conducts seminars and workshops on emerging employment law topics, including wage and hour (including prevailing wage laws), wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and labor relations law
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of wage and hour law, including prevailing wage and public works contracts
  • San Diego Super Lawyer since 2016, Top Attorney in San Diego for Employment Law (Wage and Hour) since 2013, and Top-Rated Lawyer for Labor & Employment Law by The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell™ since 2013
  • Member of the State Bar of California since 1980, and admitted to practice before all State and federal courts in the State of California, and the United States Supreme Court
  • J.D. degree, University of San Diego School of Law; B.A. degree, magna cum laude, California State University, Long Beach
  • Can be contacted at 619-515-1803 or [email protected]

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