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Enforcement of Prevailing Wage Law


Understand how prevailing wage law is enforced.

The legal obligation to pay prevailing wages and supplements is enforced primarily through administrative procedures managed and controlled by the Department of Labor Bureau of Public Works (or the New York City Comptroller, for New York City Contracts). Some of the law’s provisions are also enforceable criminally, and others may be enforced by private action by aggrieved workers or their union representatives. This white paper reviews criminal enforcement, private enforcement, and enforcement by the BPW or NYC Comptroller.



Anthony J. Adams, Jr.

Anthony J. Adams, Jr.

Adams Leclair LLP, Attorneys

  • Practiced construction law in Rochester, New York for over 35 years
  • Advises contractors, subcontractors, and project owners in prevailing wage compliance, and has represented contractors and subcontractors in numerous prevailing wage enforcement proceedings brought by the New York State Department of Labor
  • Successfully challenged prevailing wage determinations in New York’s highest courts, including the New York State Court of Appeals, where he defeated a Labor Department effort to expand the law’s coverage into areas of privately funded work
  • Frequently lectures on the prevailing wage law and other construction law topics

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