Labor Standards

Labor Standards Overview

Prevailing Wage Requirements 

The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts require all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally-funded construction projects in excess of $2,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rate (as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor) for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area.

The Little Davis-Bacon City Ordinance requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on city-funded (or state funded) construction projects in excess of $25,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rate (as determined by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry) for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area.

Pursuant to Chapter 185 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, Section 82.07 of the Saint Paul Administrative CodeSection 5200 of the Minnesota Administrative RulesMinnesota Statutes Section 175.171, and the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts the City of Saint Paul has the authority to monitor contractor’s compliance with local, state, and/or federal prevailing wage laws on publicly-funded construction projects in Saint Paul. 

Labor Standards Services

  • Monitoring prevailing wages on publicly-funded construction projects in Saint Paul
  • Prevailing wage complaint processing and investigations
  • Contractor and union training on prevailing wage laws
  • Prevailing wage statutory interpretations and opinions
  • Living Wage and Project Labor Agreement analysis

Prevailing Wage Complaints

Prevailing wage complaints related to labor standards are processed through the Labor Standards Unit. If you worked on a City of Saint Paul construction project and do not believe you were paid the prevailing wage rate, please call 651-266-8900 and ask to speak with a Labor Standards Specialist. 

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If prevailing wage requirements apply, contractors must:

  • Certify and electronically submit weekly payroll via LCPTracker showing payment of prevailing wages;
  • Ensure all subcontractors submit certified payroll;
  • Ensure required prevailing wage contract language is incorporated into all contracts with subcontractors and any lower-tier subcontractors.
  • Post the applicable prevailing wage decision and Federal Department of Labor poster Notice to All Employees in a highly visible and protected location at the project site.
  • Submit and keep current the identification of the prime contractor and any subcontractors working on the project.
  • Submit a Contractor Profile form for all contractors, subcontractors and lower-tier subcontractors that are performing on-site construction.
  • Provide proof that apprentice(s) are registered in approved programs. See Apprenticeship Guidelines.
  • Permit City of Saint Paul compliance officers access to employees when conducting on-site employee interviews.
  • Payroll records must be kept for a period of 3 years.

Prevailing Wage Documents

Prevailing wage Resources 

U.S. Department of Labor 

State of Minnesota

Living Wage

Recipients of contracts of $100,000 or more may be required to pay employees Living Wages.