Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards

Many HUD programs require housing providers, housing developers, and contractors to comply with federal labor provisions. This includes paying federal prevailing wage rates on covered projects. HUD’s Office of Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards (DBLS) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal labor standards and maintenance wage rate requirements in HUD programs. DBLS works with contractors, housing and community development industry groups, governmental agencies at the local, state, and tribal level, and organized labor groups to administer and enforce these federal labor provisions.

HUD DBLS provides these self-paced online trainings to support the education of new directors and staff managing HUD grants or public housing authorities that are covered by Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). The trainings assist new staff to understand the federal labor standards requirements under DBRA. Additionally, these trainings are great refresher courses for experienced staff within Local Contracting Agencies (LCAs) on requirements under DBRA.

For more information visit the Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards page on HUD.gov.

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Featured Trainings

Davis-Bacon Labor Standards 101 for LCAs: An Introduction to Federal Labor Standards

This online training provides LCAs basic information they need to administer the Davis-Bacon Act (the Act) so they can apply the provisions of the Act properly. The training is divided into three modules: LCA responsibilities under the Act, reporting requirements under the Act, and operational information needed for administering the Act. After completing this training, LCAs will understand their responsibilities and requirements under the Act.

Davis-Bacon Labor Standards: Payroll Analysis Training

This online training will build the capacity of LCAs to correctly conduct payroll analysis, including certified payroll reviews, apprentice documentation, payroll deduction authorizations, delegations of authority, and other things to look for when reviewing certified payrolls for Davis-Bacon construction activities. This training will build the capacity of construction contractors to provide accurate and timely certified payrolls to LCAs and HUD.


Davis-Bacon Labor Standards Guidebook

Davis-Bacon Labor Standards: Agency/Contractor Guide and Contractor Addendum

These two documents will facilitate agencies' and their contractor partners’ understanding of Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards requirements across HUD programs.

The Agency and Contractor Guide was developed as part of HUD’s communications strategy with its approximately 5,000 client agencies and contractors performing work on construction projects assisted by HUD and subject to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements. This Guide is designed to help agencies develop organizational and administrative policies that will enable them to meet labor standards contractual responsibilities in the administration of HUD-assisted programs as efficiently as possible. It is useful as a training tool and a ready reference for compliance staff. It can also be used by contractors to provide further background.

The Contractor Guide Addendum was prepared for contractors performing work on construction projects that are assisted by HUD and subject to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements. The objective is to provide contractors with a guide that is simple and non-bureaucratic yet comprehensive, and will help contractors better understand and comply with Davis-Bacon labor standards.

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