Across the country, government officials are scrambling to award and spend American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding before upcoming deadlines.  If you are a contractor or subcontractor lucky enough to work on one of these projects, congratulations! 

Now comes the tough part. 

Working on a federal or state-funded project brings a myriad of regulatory issues that must be resolved.  One of those issues is Davis-Bacon compliance.  As you sort out compliance issues, here are some questions to think about: 

  • Is the project a federal project subject to federal labor laws? 
  • Is the project a state project subject to state labor laws?
  • Is the project both a federal and state project subject to both federal and state labor laws?

Is your head spinning yet?  In some circumstances, depending on the government agencies involved and the source of funding, you may actually be subject to both federal and state labor laws.  I have assisted clients with these confusing issues, so please contact me if you have questions ( 

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