Local governments must be transparent when building public works projects, such as school, roads, and other facilities. On this page you will be able to check the status of a project, file a complaint, and see how wages are set for workers on public works projects.
A person who is a part of an “Interested Party” can file a wage complaint with us about a public works project. In law, "Interested Party" includes:
- A contractor.
- An employee of a contractor or subcontractor.
- An organization whose members' wages, benefits, and conditions of employment are affected by the prevailing wage law.
Check the Status of a Project and Contractors
There are a variety of documents that get filed with us on public works projects. These include:
- The Intent. The “Statement of Intent to Pay Prevailing Wages” (Intent) documents basic information about the project – such as the “who, what, where, and when” related to the project.
- The Affidavit. The “Affidavit of Wages Paid” (Affidavit) states the work done on a project, the total hours worked, and the wage rates paid.
Our “Verify” tool can be used to look up if a contractor is in good standing with L&I.
To find the correct wage rate for employees on a public works project, you will need to identify:
- The type of work being done;
- Where the work is taking place; and
- The effective date of your contract.
Wage rates can be affected by whether a person is a:
- Journey level worker or registered apprentice; or
- Supervisor and foreman.
Wage rates can also be affected by overtime and prevailing overtime provisions:
- Minimum prevailing wage – daily and weekly overtime requirements; and
- Special overtime - certain classifications, shifts, weekends, or holiday requirements.
If you are an “Interested Party” you have the right to request and receive certified payroll reports, which are a formal, weekly record of wages paid to workers. See the Interested Party Request for Certified Payroll and Instructions (F700-141-000).
As an “Interested Party,” you can file a wage complaint with us for violations on a public works project. You will be required to provide information that documents the reason for the complaint, including:
- Alleged violation(s);
- Classifications and prevailing wage rates involved;
- All pertinent project dates: Bid due, award, work start, completion, and acceptance dates; and
- Statement of actions you have taken and copies of all evidence;
You will find a complete list on the complaint form.
There are several factors that impact how long it will take L&I to decide if we will accept a complaint. Those factors include:
- Date received;
- Complaint validity;
- Completeness of complaint; and
- Alleged violation(s) are under L&I jurisdiction.
Prevailing wage investigations generally take 180 days to complete. Complex investigations may take longer. L&I will contact you when we complete the investigation and make a decision regarding your complaint.
To file a complaint:
- Download and print out the complaint form Prevailing Wage Interested Party Complaint (F700-129-000)
- Fill out and sign the form. One per public works project.