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What are the requirements for paying prevailing wage for travel for surveyors on public works projects?

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We are a private firm that is considering performing surveying for public works projects. Our surveyors report to the office before going to a jobsite. They are paid their normal hourly wage for travel to and from the jobsite. My question is do we have to pay the "prevailing wage rate" for travel or can we continue to pay their normal hourly wage when traveling to a "prevailing project"?

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Jul 1, 2019
That's a great question. Based on the "Travel and Substinence Requirements" section of the California Public Works Manual, it appears that specific amounts must be paid for per diem, and those amounts can be found in the footnotes for wage determinations, published by the state. So, for projects that require prevailing wage rates be paid, it's important to follow the wages determined by the state rather than self-established prices. For more information on the specific prevailing wage requirements set out by the California Department of Industrial Regulations, here's their site: Prevailing Wage Requirements. Further, keep in mind that there are companies that specialize in prevailing wage compliance, as well as law offices set up to help construction businesses institute compliance procedures - so, if you're deciding to take on more public projects, this help might be valuable.
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