LABOR STANDARDS IN FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

This paper examines the statutory standard and scope of convict labor, antikickback legislation, and minimum wage standards, as well as hours and conditions of work and equal employment opportunity. In the case of the convict labor and anti-kickback law, the substance of the law is concisely and directly stated. In the case of minimum wages, fair labor standards, and equal employment opportunity, however, implementation of the federal law has been dependent upon action by the state in its dealings with the contractor. In practice, state contracting officers have satisfied this condition of federal-aid by the use of uniform language in their contracts which obligates the contractor to comply with the labor standards called for in the federal law. Far-reaching questions have been raised regarding whether compliance with these contract obligations, even when technically sufficient achieves the high expectations of the federal labor standards. The Davis-Bacon Act has been criticized for having remained static while both management and organized labor have changed their views on wages, fringe benefits and areas and methods of collective bargaining. The concept of affirmative action for equal employment opportunity has seemed to be particularly difficult to implement. In the scheme of government that has developed through the Federal System there are limits to what administrative agencies acting under delegated authority can do to keep the law current with community.

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  • Accession Number: 00178350
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM