Contractor FAQs

How We Help Contractors

The Georgia FFC is dedicated to ensuring the fair enforcement of Federal prevailing wage laws. Fair enforcement of the law levels the playing field and ensures that all responsible contractors have a fair shot at obtaining public construction work.

Services for Contractors:

Georgia FFC’s goal is to provide a “level playing field” for all contractors who choose to bid public works projects. Our work provides firms with a fair competitive opportunity to compete on the basis of skill and efficiency, rather than losing bids to disreputable and unfair contractors who underbid the specifications in the contract. We offer the following complimentary services to contractors:

  • Accurate and up-to-date wage rate and worker classification information.
  • Explanations of contractor rights and responsibilities under the law.

Worker FAQs

How do I know if I am being paid the right wage?

Workers should be paid a pre-determined “prevailing wage” for all hours worked on a public work job. The wage rate is dependent on worker classification (e.g. laborer, operator, carpenter) and county. Workers should also receive time and a half for all hours worked over forty hours in a week.

I operated machinery at the job site, but I was hired as a laborer. Should I be paid a laborer’s rate or an operator’s rate?

If you are hired as one classification, but perform the work of a distinct classification, you should be paid the wage rate for the classification of the work you performed.

What is a “fringe” rate?

Fringe Benefits are monies paid over and above the basic trade wage rate for a given area. Fringe benefits can include apprenticeship and training, health and welfare, insurance, vacations, and pensions paid generally, in the locality in which the work is being performed, to employees engaged in work of a similar character on public works projects. The Federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) sets standards for administering certain fringe benefit plans. This law requires employers or plan administrators to:

  1. Set up an account in each worker’s name.
  2. Make promised contributions.
  3. Provide a Summary Annual Report.
  4. Provide copies of plan documents that tell workers how to file a claim for benefits, the requirements to qualify for participation and the worker’s rights under the law.
Like the prevailing wage, the fringe benefit credit varies by classification and county.

I am working a prevailing wage job, should I receive benefits?

If you work a prevailing wage job, your employer must either (1) pay your fringe benefits, or (2) pay you a wage amount equal to the fringe benefit amount. In other words, if the fringe amount for a job classification and area is $20.00/hr, your employer must either pay $20.00/hr worth of fringe benefits or must pay you an additional $20.00 an hour in addition to your wage rate.

I think my workplace is unsafe / my employer has not provided me with safety equipment / I am told not to report injuries, can you help?

An unsafe workplace may be a sign of an OSHA violation. OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – a federal agency responsible for setting, maintaining, and enforcing workplace safety standards for all workplaces in the United States. If you think an OSHA violation exists at your workplace you can contact OSHA directly at (770) 493-6644 Atlanta office, or (912) 652-4393 Savanna office.

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