Job Prevailing Wage Tab


When the Employee’s Labor rate matches one on this tab, the system compares the Package amount with the Employee’s wages + fringe total when hours are entered in the Work Order Labor Tab, Labor Journal and Remote Labor time entry (including TechAnywhere). If the Employee’s wages + fringes exceed the Package amount, the Employee’s Wages will be used for the Wage calculation.

Tip: The Prevailing Wage Schedule (P.W. Schedule record) may be used instead of the Job's Prevailing Wage tab to define a Job's Prevailing Wage structure. In this way, when a particular Prevailing Wage Schedule changes, it is only necessary to change it in the P.W. Schedule record, instead of changing the Prevailing Wage Tab in each Job record that it impacts.

Take the case of an Employee pay package (base wage plus fringes): on any given labor line, the line's package has three potential sources ...

1. Defaulted from Employee record (Earnings tab or Earnings Group)

2. Defaulted from Job's Employee Overrides

3. User typed it

The prevailing wage calculations do not care about the source ... only that there is an Employee pay package to compare against a Job’s Prevailing Wage Package for a common Labor Rate Id. Note, however, that the pay rate multiplier DOES NOT affect the prevailing wage package amount on this tab during the comparison. What this means that during setup, overtime and any other pays must be accommodated in the Prevailing Wage Labor rate list on the job.

Tip: Set the Prevailing Wage Field on the Financial / Main Tab to Labor Rate

If this is to be a Labor Rate Prevailing Wage Job, select Labor Rate, and save the record before attempting to add any lines to the Prevailing Wage tab. The following validation rules have been added to the Job Viewer added for this field and the new 'Prevailing Wages' tab:

Deny all data entry on the Prevailing Wages tab when the Job's Prevailing Wage Type is 'N/A'.

Deny entry changes to the Job's Prevailing Wage Type field when the Prevailing Wages child tab is not empty.

Note for Users Converting from Version 7.0 or Earlier

In previous releases, prevailing wage type jobs were handled on an employee by employee basis by specifying overrides on the Job’s old Prevailing Wages tab. This tab provided overrides for time entered on this job in the Labor Journal, Remote Labor Journal, and Work Order Labor screen. Although the earlier functionality is still supported (with the tab renamed ‘Employee Overrides’ – see Job Employee Overrides for details), new functionality has been implemented via a NEW Prevailing Wages tab which allows you to specify the Prevailing ‘package’ rate by Labor Rate.

Important Fields:

Start: Date:
These fields default the effective (work) date range the prevailing wage is in effect for.

Labor Rate Id:
All Labor Rates that would be impacted by this job’s prevailing wage functionality should be listed on this tab.

Overtime / Doubletime Pay Rates:
The Pay rate multiplier DOES NOT affect the Prevailing Wage Package Amount. Regular, overtime and any other pays must be all accommodated in the Package field for each Labor Rate specified.


Labor Rate Id: Package:

Tech-Reg         51.50                    

Tech-OT   72.50

Operator-Reg 38.75                    

Operator-OT  56.25

Base Rate:
This field should be used to enter the base wage rate for this Prevailing Wage. If your data was converted from an earlier version, this field will contain the value stored in the field previously labeled Package. The system will sum the Fringe Rate and the Base Rate when determining whether to use the Prevailing Wage during Compute Payroll.

Alternate Calculations: See Global Setting for Alternate Prevailing Wage Calculations (NY) for a registry entry to enable State of New York calculations – an example is included in this topic link.

Standard Calculation - Example 1: Employee’s Regular Wages + Fringes Exceed Job Base + Fringes Amount

Base Rate: $25.00 / hour

Fringe Rate: $0.00

Wage Earnings: $24.00 / hour

Fringe 1: $2.50 / hour

Fringe 2: $1.50 / hour

Since the Employee’s regular Wages + Fringes total $28.00 / hours (greater than the prevailing wage Base + Fringe of $25.00/ hour), they will be used for payroll calculations for this Prevailing Wage job.

Standard Calculation - Example 2: Job Base Rate + Fringes Amount Exceeds Employee’s Regular Wages + Fringes

Base Rate: $40.00 / hour

Fringe Rage: $5.00 / hour

Wage Earnings: $27.00 / hour

Fringe: $1.00 / hour

Since the Employee’s regular Wages + Fringes total $28.00 / hours, the Prevailing Wage methodology will come into effect since the Base Rate + Fringe Rate = 45.00 / hour. The system calculates the Employee’s Wages as follows:

Wage Earnings Calculated Under Prevailing Wage: $44.00 / hour

Fringe: $1.00 / hour

Note that the Employee’s Wages + Fringes package now equals $45 / hour, the Prevailing Wage Job Package rate. The increased difference is added to the Employee wage.

Fringe Rate:
This field enables you to separate Fringes from the Base Rate for prevailing wages. The system will sum the Fringe Rate and the Base Rate when determining whether to use the Prevailing Wage during Compute Payroll.

Note: Excluding Fringes from Workers Compensation
Workers comp 'wages' typically should not include any amounts related to prevailing wage fringes. The Exclude Fringes field in the appropriate Workers Comp State should be flagged to exclude these fringes from workers compensation calculation.

Certified PR Report Label:
The Certified Payroll report uses this field (if completed) instead of the Labor Rate Description. If this field is blank, the Labor Rate Description will be used.