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Certified Payroll
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What is Certified Payroll?

Certified Payroll is a specific type of payroll process required for any contractor or subcontractor working on federally funded or assisted construction projects under the Davis-Bacon Act. It is a federal compliance requirement to ensure employees are paid prevailing local wage rates and benefits. Certified Payroll records include the worker's name, their classification, hourly rates of wages paid, daily and weekly hours worked, deductions made, and actual wage paid. It provides transparency for regulators, ensuring fair wages for work conducted. This mandatory weekly submission acts as an assertive step in suppressing wage theft in the construction industry.