Bureau of Labor Law

The Bureau of Labor Law sets and enforces prevailing wage and benefit rates for “workers, laborers and mechanics” employed on New York City public works projects and building service employees on City contracts pursuant to New York State law.

The Bureau also enforces living wage and benefit rates for workers employed on certain City contracts pursuant to New York City law. The Bureau engages in extensive outreach and educational work to inform the community of prevailing wage requirements. This work includes developing educational materials on prevailing/living wage laws and organizing group presentations regarding prevailing/living wage compliance.

The Bureau has four divisions that perform its functions, as well as a Director of Outreach.

Classification Division:

Determines prevailing wage and benefit rates annually for New York City public works and building service contractors and publishes those rates in prevailing wage schedules in January and July of each year. Assists and advises Investigations and Legal divisions in enforcement cases. Also determines prevailing wage and benefit rates for New York City civil service employees performing public works.

Investigations Division:

Investigates allegations of prevailing/living wage violations against New York City public contractors and collects evidence for enforcement cases. Estimates prevailing/living wage underpayments for purposes of withholding contract funds on cases with evidence of prevailing/living wage violations.

Audit Division:

Calculates prevailing wage and benefit underpayments, interest and civil penalties. Withholds contract funds on cases with evidence of prevailing/living wage violations. Maintains performance statistics on Bureau of Labor Law enforcement actions.

Legal Division:

Prosecutes alleged violations of prevailing/living wage laws and represents the Comptroller at enforcement hearings in administrative court at the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (“OATH”). Represents the Comptroller at classification hearings for civil service employees entitled to prevailing wages at OATH. Assists and advises Classifications and Investigations divisions. Assists and advises the Comptroller on prevailing/living wage coverage and enforcement policies, legislation and litigation.