By Michael J. Mauro, Esq.
Milman Labuda Law Group, PLLC
On February 24, 2008, amendments to New York Labor Law Sec. 220 will take effect requiring contractors and subcontractors performing public works construction to provide:
1. Written notification to field employees (laborers, workers and mechanics) of the prevailing wage rate for their particular job classification.
2. The notification must be given to each worker on their first day of work and with each subsequent pay stub.
In addition, an employer must:
1. Post a notice at the beginning of the performance of every public work contract on each job site that includes the telephone number and address for the Department of Labor.
2. The notification must contain a statement advising the worker that he/she has a right to contact the NYSDOL to report violations if they are not receiving proper prevailing wages and supplemental benefits for their particular job classification. Violations of the statute can result in monetary civil penalties.