SB 176 Modifies Missouri's prevailing wage law
Sponsor: Munzlinger Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 0786S.02I Fiscal Note: 0786-02N.ORG
Committee: Small Business, Insurance and Industry
Last Action: 5/13/2011 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 176-Munzlinger, et al Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2011

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SB 176 - This act modifies Missouri's prevailing wage law.

Under current law, a locality, for the purposes of determining the prevailing wage for an occupational title, may encompass two or more counties adjacent to the one in which the construction is to be performed in certain instances. This act only allows the county in which the work is to be performed to be used as a basis for determining the prevailing wage. If the department of labor is unable to determine the hourly rate for a particular occupational title by means of wage surveys, the prevailing wage shall be the median hourly estimated wage of the construction and extraction occupational code most closely resembling the occupational title as published in the Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment Wage Estimate published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the median hourly wage estimate for occupational code 47-0000 in the construction and extraction occupational code.

Currently, the definition of "prevailing hourly rate of wages" includes contributions irrevocably made by a contractor or subcontractor to a trustee or to a third person pursuant to some plan or program. This act removes the requirement that the contributions be irrevocably made to a trustee or third person and only requires that they be contributions into a fund, plan or program to qualify as part of the prevailing wage calculation.

Wage rates established by collective bargaining agreements shall not be considered when determining wage rates and the rate shall be the average of the rates that are paid within the locality.

Under current law, when the Department of Labor finds a violation of the prevailing wage statutes, it provides a notice of penalty to the employer. This act changes references to "notices of penalty" to "notices of violation".

Under current law, prevailing wage penalties are not due until 45 days after the date of the notice of the penalty. This act removes that provision.

Under current law, if employers pay backwages before the department initiates an enforcement action to enforce monetary penalties, the department is precluded from initiating such an enforcement action. Under the act, the department is also precluded from initiating any administrative, civil, or criminal action and the employer shall not appear on the notice of conviction list that would otherwise bar the employer from participating in public works construction.

Under current law, the prevailing wage for each title may be adjusted in response to fluctuations in wages due to collective bargaining agreements. Those adjustments shall not be allowed under this act.

Provisions requiring contractor and subcontractor signage on motor vehicles and other motorized equipment and imposing a six month term of imprisonment on those violating the prevailing wage laws are removed.

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