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Construction Plans   Prevailing Wage refers to the requirements of the Rhode Island General Law (RIGL) 37-13-1 and the general prevailing rate of pay for regular, holiday and overtime wages to be paid to each craftsmen, mechanic, teamster, laborer or other type of worker performing work on public works projects when state or municipal funds are used in excess of $1,000.

The RI General Assembly amended RIGL 37-13-13 with the following changes:

• Every contractor and subcontractor awarded a contract for public works shall submit completed RI Certified Weekly Payroll forms listing employees employed on the project to the awarding authority on a monthly basis for all work completed in the preceding month. These forms may be found at: Certified Payroll forms concerning R.I. Dept. of Transportation funded projects may be submitted on federal forms. However, when a complaint is being investigated by the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training (DLT) , the contractor must resubmit the payroll information on the RI Certified Weekly Payroll forms for the entire project.

• Awarding authorities, contractors and subcontractors shall provide any and all payroll records to the DLT within ten (10) days of any request that is made by the department.

• On a daily basis, every contractor and subcontractor shall maintain on the site where public works are being constructed and the general or primary contract is one million dollars ($1,000,000) or more, a Rhode Island Certified Prevailing Wage Daily log of employees employed each day on that public works project by the contractor or subcontractor. This form may be found at: This log shall be available for inspection on the site at all times by the awarding authority and/or the DLT. This does not apply to road, highway, or bridge public works projects.

• The awarding authority of any public works project shall withhold the next scheduled payment to any contractor or subcontractor who fails to comply with the above provisions, as well as any further payments until they comply. The DLT may also impose a penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each calendar day of noncompliance.


The RI General Assembly amended RIGL 37-13-8 with the following changes:

  • Contractors working on RI Prevailing Wage projects must adjust employees’ hourly rates every July 1 in accordance with updated Davis Bacon rates.  These rates may be obtained at the following website:


If you're looking for the request for prevailing wage for Foreign Labor Certification, please click here to visit their web site or call (401) 462-8800.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Prevailing Wage
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8580, option #7
Fax (401) 462-8528
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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