While most workers throughout Youngstown and the surrounding areas of Ohio are protected by the state’s minimum wage laws, laborers who are hired for public works and public improvement projects are entitled to a prevailing wage, not the state’s minimum wage. At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown prevailing wages attorney can help you to understand the basics of prevailing wage laws, as well as what to do if you’ve unlawfully been denied the prevailing wage to which you’re entitled. Call us today to get started.
A prevailing wage law, as mentioned above, requires that employers/contractors who work on public projects pay construction workers at least the prevailing wage and benefits for all work performed. The ‘prevailing wage’ refers to the wages and benefits that are set by Ohio’s Department of Commerce and collective bargaining agreements. By having a prevailing wage in place, the state protects workers from receiving low wages as a result of a contract being “low-balled” during the bidding process. Prevailing wage laws in Ohio have been in place since 1931. In Ohio, prevailing wage rates vary by county.
Prevailing wage laws are about more than just agreeing to pay construction workers and other laborers a certain wage. Under the law, contractors are required to: Pay the correct prevailing wage based on the type of worker (i.e. bricklayers are entitled to a different wage rate than painters, etc.); Ensure that workers are paid any overtime wages to which they are entitled; Ensure that any fringe benefits are paid according to law; Maintain accurate time logs for all employees; Ensure that housing, food, and transportation costs are not deducted from an employee’s wages; and Submit certified payroll reports. With the above in mind, common prevailing wage law violations that employees in the construction industry may be victims of include not being paid the current prevailing wage or benefits, being misclassified, not receiving overtime compensation or compensation for all hours worked, and having deductions from one’s pay unlawfully made.
Understanding prevailing wage laws can be confusing and overwhelming. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown prevailing wage attorneys can help you by explaining your rights and assessing your case. If we agree that a prevailing wage violation has occurred, we can advise you regarding next steps to take, your rights, and what you’re legally entitled to. If you decide to pursue a case, we can represent you throughout the process, gather evidence to support your case, represent you in negotiations, and more. Our attorney will conduct a free, comprehensive overview of your case before you make any decision about how to proceed. To learn more about prevailing wage laws in Youngstown and how our Youngstown prevailing wage attorney can help you to recover the wages and benefits you deserve under the law, call us directly today or send us a message online at your convenience.