Nevada Labor Commissioner Thoran
Towler has released the 2014–2015 Construction Wage Survey for contractors
throughout the state.
State law requires the Commissioner
to survey contractors that have performed construction work during the previous
year in order to determine the prevailing wage rates. Prevailing wage rates are
required to be paid on all Nevada public works construction projects- such as
schools, libraries, roadways and government buildings- costing more than
The surveys are due July 15, 2014
in order for the new rates to be posted by October 1, 2014, as required by
Nevada law. “The deadline is critical,” said Commissioner Towler, “If the survey has not been received in
either our Carson City or Las Vegas office by 5:00 pm on July 15th,
it won’t be counted in the survey. It is
the contractor’s responsibility to make sure the
survey has been received.”
can access the survey by visiting http://www.laborcommissioner.com. The website also contains convenient links to
Nevada's prevailing wage laws, as well as state-required posters and other
useful employment information. A hard copy form can be provided by calling the
Office of the Labor Commissioner in Las Vegas at (702) 486-2650, or in Carson
City at (775) 687-4850. For those who wish
to submit a completed survey via email, the forms must be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 1 (prior to the July 15
deadline for all other methods of submission) to allow for an initial review
and email verification of receipt.
All contractors who have worked on
construction projects may participate in the survey, even if they are not
required to have a contractor’s license. “Temporary
employment agencies and engineering firms often have employees who work on
construction projects,” Commissioner Towler said, “Since they have to pay prevailing wages on public works projects,
they can participate in the survey.”
According to Administrative
Assistant Nelly Bernal, who oversees the data collection and calculation of the
rates, the Labor Commissioner’s Office strives to ensure that the public
understands how the rates are established.
“We often receive telephone calls
and e-mails from people curious as to how we came up with a particular rate,”
said Bernal. “The information obtained from the surveys is loaded into a computer
program, which calculates the prevailing wage rates on a county-by-county,
Commissioner Towler encourages all
contractors, particularly those working in rural areas, to participate as
precisely as possible in the prevailing wage survey to ensure that the rates
established accurately reflect the rates that are being paid in a particular
community. If no rates are reported for a craft in a county, the Commissioner
must rely on wage rates as reported for the nearest county that has a rate.
Many times a low-population county can end up with the same rate as established
in Clark County for a particular craft, because no rural numbers were reported. Participation by all contractors is the key.
Contractors should keep several
important facts in mind when completing the survey:
§ All data
from all contractors will be considered.
However, the information must be within survey requirements. For example, work must be done within the
specified dates and must be for a classification included in the survey.
should include wages paid on private and commercial projects. To establish a rate reflective of what's been
paid, the survey should include wages paid on all construction projects,
not just publicly-funded projects.
projects should be included. The size of
a project is not important. Where the
work was performed and what rate contractors paid a specific classification in
a given locale are the important factors.
For more information, please
contact Nelly Bernal at email@example.com
or (702) 486-2650.
About the Office of the Labor Commissioner
The Office of the Labor Commissioner is a
division of the Department of Business and Industry. The Labor Commissioner
strives to ensure that all workers are treated fairly under the law by
investigating complaints of non-payment of wages, State minimum wage, overtime,
and prevailing wage disputes. The office also monitors youth employment
standards, including work hours and safe, non-hazardous working conditions.