Prevailing Wage

Prevailing Wage

 

Prevailing wage is the wage and benefit rate set by law for each trade or occupation for employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for government agencies.

 

Prevailing wage rates for construction, replacement, maintenance or repair work on New York City public works projects are contained in the Comptroller’s Labor Law 220 schedules.

 

Prevailing wage rates for New York City building service work, such as cleaning, security and gardening are contained in the Comptroller’s Labor Law 230 schedules.

 

Prevailing wage rates for food services or temporary office services for New York City agencies are contained in the Administrative Code 6-109 schedule.

 

July 1,2013 - June 30,2014
220 Schedule - July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
220 Apprentice Schedule - July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
230 Schedule -July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Living Wage

 

Living wage is the minimum wage and benefit rate for employees of contractors that enter into certain service contracts with the City of New York, or receive certain types of financial assistance from the City of New York.

 

Living wage rates and the rules regarding their applicability are contained in the Comptroller’s Administrative Code 6-109 schedule and Administrative Code 6-134 schedule.

 

July 1,2013 - June 30,2014
6-109 Schedule -July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
6-134 Schedule - January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

If you are employed by a contractor or subcontractor performing construction, replacement, maintenance or repair on a New York City public works project you may be entitled to prevailing wages under New York State Labor Law Section 220.

 

Common examples of public works projects are government office buildings, public schools, streets, parks and sewers.

 

If you are employed by a contractor or subcontractor performing building service work for City agencies, such as cleaning, security or gardening, you may be entitled to prevailing wages under New York State Labor Law Section 230.  You may be entitled to prevailing wages under New York City Administrative Code 6-130 if you perform these same services for an employer that receives financial assistance from the City of New York or leases space to a City agency.

 

If you are employed by a contractor or subcontractor performing food services or temporary office services for City agencies you may be entitled to prevailing wages under New York City Administrative Code 6-109.

 

If you are employed by a contractor or subcontractor performing homecare services, day care services, head start services, or services to persons with cerebral palsy for City agencies you may be entitled to living wages under New York City Administrative Code 6-109.  You may also be entitled to living wages under New York City Administrative Code 6-134 if your employer receives certain types of financial assistance from the City of New York.

 

If you believe that one of the above applies to you, and you have been underpaid, you should file a complaint with our office.  Please print, fill out, sign and return this form to the address and room number indicated on the form.

 

If you believe that one of the above applies to you, and you have been underpaid, you should file a complaint with our office.

Contractors and subcontractors on public works projects and public building service contracts and all other covered employers must maintain certified payroll reports specifying, among other things, the hours worked, the trade classification, and the wages and benefits received by each covered employee.

 

Employers should also have their covered employees sign in and out of the job site on sign-in sheets which specify the name, trade classification and time in and out for each employee.

 

Contractors and subcontractors on public works projects and public building service contracts and all other covered employers must post written notices concerning applicable prevailing or living wage rates and employees’ right to contact the Comptroller to request an investigation. Please see the Wage Schedules tab on this page for more information.

 

Contractors and subcontractors on public works projects must specify the applicable trade classifications and prevailing rates of wage and benefits for their covered employees on their pay stubs. If the required information will not fit on the pay stub, an accompanying sheet or attachment with the rate and classification will suffice.

 

In addition, contractors and subcontractors on public works projects must post a notice at the beginning of the performance of every public work contract at each job site that includes a statement informing construction workers of their right to contact the Office of the New York City Comptroller if the worker believes he/she did not receive the proper prevailing wage or supplements for his/her particular job classification. This notice must also be distributed to covered employees with the first paycheck after July first of each year. A sample notice and the prevailing wage schedules may be downloaded from our web site.

 

 

For more information please call 212-669-4443

 

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