New York to Require Prevailing Wage for Private Construction

The NYS Budget, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 3, 2020, expands prevailing wage laws, extending them to cover workers on certain private construction projects.  The act takes effect on January 1, 2022.

The legislation (S.7508-B/A.9508-B) amends the Labor Law by adding a new section 224-a. which would apply to projects that are worth more than $5 million and get at least 30% of their financing from public funds, such as certain types of loans, tax credits, and other tax incentives that promote construction.

The law excludes certain projects, such as small residential (“one or two family dwellings where the property is the owner's primary residence, or construction  work performed on property where the owner of the property owns no more than four dwelling units”), school construction, affordable housing, nonprofit projects, brownfields rehabilitation under the state program, work performed pursuant to a PLA, projects receiving 421-A benefits and others. Click here to continue reading.