Contents Of An SCA Wage Determination

  1. Each wage determination developed and issued by the WHD contains the "Register of Wage Determinations" which is the official documentation of issuance by DOL.
  2. Standard prevailing wage determinations are most frequently issued and applied to SCA-covered contracts. These wage determinations contain the following types of information:
    1. Wage Determination Number - is generally eight digits, that start with the year a new edition of the SCA Directory of Occupations is issued. For example, 2005-2xxx or 2005-3xxx (previously issued using 1994-2xxx or 1994-3xxx). Note: Two identical wage determinations, except with respect to fringe benefits, are issued for each locality.
      1. Odd-number wage determinations, when incorporated in a covered contract, require compliance with the health and welfare fringe benefits on a "fixed cost" per employee basis. These apply most frequently.
      2. Even-number wage determinations, when incorporated in a covered contract, require compliance with the health and welfare fringe benefits on an "average cost" basis. Since June 1997, the WHD has issued such wage determinations only for successor contracts. Thus, agencies should use even-numbered wage determinations only when a bid solicitation (or RFP) succeeds a contract that previously contained the "average cost" fringe benefit compliance requirement.
      3. See the "SCA Compliance Principles" chapter of this resource book for information on how to comply with each of these fringe benefit requirements.
    2. Revision No. - is assigned when the wage determination is modified.
    3. Date of Revision - the date the wage determination was issued by the WHD. This date does not necessarily reflect the effective date of the wage determination in any particular contract.
    4. Locality - each wage determination will specify its geographic scope, usually by state and county.
    5. Occupations - standard wage determinations list approximately 300 occupations in 21 broad occupational categories (e.g., "Administrative Support and Clerical Occupations") that are contained in the SCA Directory of Occupations.
    6. Wage Rates - are specified for each occupation listed in the wage determination and are the minimum rates that must be paid to service employees working on the contract.
      1. The wage rates and fringe benefits listed in "prevailing in the locality" wage determinations are based on the wages and fringe benefits determined to prevail in the locality covered by the wage determination. The best available information is used to determine what is prevailing, while giving due consideration to federal wage rates that would apply if the workers were federal employees.
    7. Health and Welfare Fringe Benefits - required by the wage determination for all occupations are specified in a footnote that follows the schedule of wage rates for the various occupations listed in the wage determination.
      1. The footnote for the "Fixed cost" per employee health and welfare fringe benefit requirement is a single line specifying hourly, weekly, and monthly contribution amounts. For example:
        1. HEALTH & WELFARE: $3.81 per hour or $152.40 per week or $660.40 per month.
      2. The footnote for the "Average cost" health and welfare fringe benefit requirement is a brief paragraph listing types of benefits and an hourly contribution amount. For example:
        1. HEALTH & WELFARE: Life, accident, and health insurance plans, sick leave, pension plans, civic and personal leave, severance pay, and savings and thrift plans. Minimum employer contributions must cost an average of $3.71 per hour computed on the basis of all hours worked by service employees employed on the contract.
    8. Paid Vacation Benefits - are specified in a footnote following the health and welfare fringe benefits footnote. Vacation benefits vary from locality to locality and by total length of service of the service employee with the current contractor and any predecessor contractor(s).
    9. Paid Holiday Benefits - are specified in a footnote following the vacation benefits footnote.
    10. Remaining footnotes include:
      1. Specific occupational footnotes;
      2. Hazardous Pay Differential;
      3. Uniform Allowance;
      4. SCA Directory, which edition applies and how to obtain a copy; and,
      5. Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Wage Rate (SF 1444)
  3. "Non-standard" prevailing wage determinations - have most of the same information as the standard wage determinations.
    1. Non-standard wage determinations are issued for specific contracts or types of contracts. They may be based on different data sources that may be industry specific and they often cover different geographic areas that may be either narrower or broader that the standard wage determinations for the area.
      1. For example, a non-standard wage determination may apply only to a specific contract or federal facility rather than the broader geographic area listed on the standard wage determination. Conversely, the non-standard wage determination may apply statewide or regionwide to particular classification(s).
    2. Non-standard wage determinations have numbers that reflect the year the wage determination was first issued. For example, a non-standard wage determination for "Forestry Services" covers the State of Alabama and carries a wage determination number of 2002-0147 Revision No. 20
  4. Section 4(c) "Successorship" Wage Determinations - reflect the predecessor contractor's CBA wage rates and fringe benefits and are issued only when certain criteria are met.
    1. These wage determinations are "short form," i.e., they identify the specific contract, locality, the parties signatory to the CBA, and a brief statement regarding the application of section 4(c) to the contract.
    2. If the wage determination is issued by DOL, it will include an eight digit wage determination number starting with the year of first issuance (e.g., 2007-0248 (Revision No. 1)). If the "successorship" wage determination is issued by the contracting agency via the wdol.gov website, it will include the letters "CBA" in the wage determination number, and the WHD will not have a copy of it on file.
    3. The wage and fringe benefits required under "4(c)" CBA "successorship" wage determinations are based on the wage rates and fringe benefits, including any accrued and prospective increases, contained in a predecessor or incumbent contractor's CBA.
    4. See SCA § 4(c), 41 U.S.C. § 6707(c), and 29 C.F.R. §§ 4.1(b) and 4.163.
  5. Note: Compliance with the SCA is determined by the wage determination contained in the federal service contract.


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