TCLG Davis-Bacon Compliance Division Pursues Enforcement Through Political Channels

January 4, 2018

Contact: Laura Garcia, 602-626-8805

TEMPE, Ariz. – January 4, 2018 – The Davis-Bacon compliance division of Torres Consulting and Law Group (TCLG) assisted the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council in contacting its elected officials to insist that the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) investigate wage theft at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.

TCLG has submitted multiple third party complaints to the U.S. DOL that remain uninvestigated. TCLG strongly believes the U.S. DOL should investigate these projects due to the size, cost, and amount of workers on site, without waiting for third party actions.

“It’s unfortunate that many employers know they can get away with wage theft and have little fear of repercussion. Enforcement mechanisms are weak due to a lack of dedicated personnel and the limited capacity of local branches of the federal Department of Labor,” said Israel Torres, TCLG’s managing partner. “Our Davis-Bacon team looks out for workers and contractors’ trying to do the right thing by making sure everyone plays by the rules.”

The Davis-Bacon Act requires contractors on public works projects to pay tradesmen, laborers and mechanics a prevailing wage set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Contractors sometimes try to circumvent the law by misclassifying workers. For example, they may hire lower-cost laborers to do the exact same work of the skilled trades.

TCLG aggressively investigates prevailing wage projects on municipal, state and federal construction contracts. TCLG provides a variety of consulting services, including regulatory compliance and public and government relations, to clients across the United States. A specialty is Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage compliance for local unions, contractor associations and building trades’ organizations.