In 1955 Hawai’i enacted its own “little Davis-Bacon” (HRS 104) extending coverage of the act to state and county construction projects costing more than $2,000 and over $500,000 to non-profit bidders on experimental and demonstration housing projects.

The Director of Labor and Industrial Relations determines and publishes wage rate schedules and increases to the rates.

Compliance Tips:

  • “Public work” refers to any project, including the construction of any housing and the development, construction, renovation, and upkeep associated with the refurbishment of any real or personal property, where the funds or resources required or used to carry out the project are derived from public revenues of the State or any county, from the sale of securities or bonds whose interest or dividends are exempt from federal or state taxes, or both.
  • The project is also considered “public work” if more than [50%] of a project’s assignable square feet are leased or assigned for use by the State, any county, or any agency of the State or any county, regardless of whether the property is privately held.
  • The contracting agency may, by written notice to the contractor, terminate the contractor’s or subcontractor’s right to continue with the work if it determines that any laborer or mechanic employed on the job site by the contractor or any subcontractor has not been paid the appropriate prevailing wages.