NEW! Public Works Guidebook
Are you a contractor or simply working on public works projects this summer? Because public works projects are paid for by tax dollars, those controlling and working them are held to a higher standard. To assist you in complying with the many Missouri laws surrounding those construction projects, the Department has created a guidebook for both contractors and public bodies. Introducing…the Public Works Guidebook!
This guidebook contains check-off lists for projects start to finish, copies of the laws that you need to be familiar with, forms that are required to be filled out, and other important information to assist with projects benefiting the public.
Inside the guidebook, you will find information on topics like hours, wages and dismissal rights, health and safety of employees, misclassification of workers, and ADA guidelines. You will also find Prevailing Wage Project Notifications and how to report your payroll records.
In Missouri, it’s important to remember no less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages must be paid to all workmen employed by or on behalf of any public body engaged in public works, exclusive of maintenance work.
Public works dollars benefit the local and state economies through increases in sales tax and corporate tax revenue, while at the same time ensuring that construction in Missouri remains a highly trained occupation capable of producing quality construction.
The Department diligently investigates any alleged prevailing wage violations. Any officer, official, member, agent or representative of any public body, contractor or subcontractor who willfully violates the prevailing wage law can be punished by a fine of up to $500, by imprisonment of up to six months, or both. It’s also important to remember that each day that a violation or omission continues constitutes a separate offense.
With the complexity of the law, you or your colleagues may need assistance, and the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is ready and willing to help. We rely on your tips to investigate potential wage violations, and can assist you with any questions you have concerning public works projects. You can file a prevailing wage complaint here or contact the Division of Labor Standards for assistance.