The threshold for payment of prevailing wages on public works projects in Connecticut is $1,000,000 for new construction, and $100,000 for remodeling. The law applies to each contract for the construction, remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works project by the State or its agents, or by any political subdivision of the State.

Compliance Tips:

  • Prevailing wage rates in Connecticut are updated annually, on or before the 1st of July. The new and updated rates are posted in the Department of Labor website.
  • Failure to pay the prevailing wage rates is considered a felony depending on the amount of unpaid wages. Filing a false certified payroll knowingly or failure to submit a certified payroll is Class D felony and you can be fined up to $5,000, imprisoned for a maximum of 5 years, or both.
  • Employers must file weekly certified payroll on a monthly basis with the contracting agency by mail, first class postage prepaid. Failure to file a certified payroll under Section 31-53(f)(2) is a class D felony, thus the employer may be fined up to five thousand dollars, imprisoned up to 5 years, or both.