State begins new wage survey
Nevada Labor Commissioner Thoran Towler said last week he has launched the 2014–2015 Construction Wage Survey for contractors throughout the state.
The survey is used to determine prevailing–wage rates required to be paid on all Nevada public works construction projects such as schools, libraries, roadways and government buildings costing more than $100,000.
The surveys are due July 15 in order for the new rates to be posted by Oct. 14, as required by Nevada law.
Contractors can access the survey at http://www.laborcommissioner.com.
All contractors who have worked on construction projects may participate in the survey, even if they are not required to have a contractor’s license.
The commission said it’s particularly important for contractors working in rural areas to participate. If no rates are reported for a craft in a county, the commissioner must rely on wage rates as reported for the nearest county that has a rate.
Towler also noted:
All data from all contractors will be considered. However, information must be within survey requirements. For example, work must be done within the specified dates and must be for a classification included in the survey.
Surveys should include wages paid on private and commercial projects. To establish a rate reflective of what’s been paid, the survey should include wages paid on all construction projects, not just publicly-funded projects.
Rural projects should be included. The size of a project is not important. Where the work was performed and what rate contractors paid a specific classification in a given locale are the important factors.
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