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Where Does Prevailing Wage Go From Here?
Over the last century, many states have adopted protective statutes that require contractors working on state-funded construction projects to pay the local prevailing wage. The rationale behind these prevailing wage laws is to provide wage protections for construction workers and to guarantee a level playing field for construction contractors bidding on government-funded projects.
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) launched eComply earlier this year, and it has been met with resounding success. Dina D. Dennis, Procurement/Compliance Analyst at SHRA, explains, “We wanted to switch over to an electronic system to be more efficient, to not have to deal with so much paper, and to have another checkpoint to make sure our contractors are being compliant . . . [And with eComply], that goal has really been met!” Ms. Dennis explains that since implementing eComply in April, reviewing certified payrolls and identifying compliance issues has been much quicker. “The information is right there for us. We do not have to take out our chart and check each rate one by one. We have been able to catch more non-compliance issues this way.”
Beyond the Agency users, SHRA’s contractors have also been very receptive to the eComply system. For example, one contractor was asked to go back and resubmit eight months’ worth of prior hardcopy payrolls due to an error. When given the option to resubmit in hardcopy form or to enter in eComply, the contractor immediately selected the software solution because “it’s just so much easier to use!” Ms. Dennis confirms that she’s heard lots of positive feedback from their contractors, and in particular, that the eComply customer service team has been really helpful.
Up next, SHRA is looking to using more of eComply’s reporting features and field inspection module. The eComply team looks forward to working with SHRA to expand usage of the solution and to continue our partnership!