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The Bureau of Public Work

Under New York State Labor Law, contractors and subcontractors must pay the prevailing rate of wage and supplements (fringe benefits) to all workers under a public work contract. Employers must pay the prevailing wage rate set for the locality where the work is performed. Prevailing wage is the pay rate set by law for work on public work projects. This applies to all laborers, workers or mechanics employed under a public work contract. The Bureau of Public Work administers Articles 8 and 9 of the New York State Labor Laws:

  • Article 8 covers public construction
  • Article 9 covers building service contracts

We issue wage schedules on a county-by-county basis. They contain the pay rates for each work classification. Under State law, all contracts between a government entity and a contractor must contain these schedules.

The prevailing wage law for building service workers amends Public Service Law Article 2 (Section 42-A). The law now requires that the wages and benefits of building service employees at active major electric or steam generating facilities, or at transmission or distribution facilities considered critical infrastructure as determined by the NYS Division Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), in consultation with the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS), will be subject to Labor Law Article 9 prevailing wage requirements. This new law went into effect on September 30, 2020.

Frequently requested forms

Solar Power Purchase Agreements

Updated Worker Notification Notice, effective June 23, 2020

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