The threshold requirement for payment of prevailing wages on public works projects is $50,000.
In January and July of each year, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) publishes the prevailing wage rates that are required to be paid to workers on non-residential public works projects in the state of Oregon. Quarterly updates are published in April and October. This would apply to all trades.
In Oregon, the prevailing wage rates are established using the information from a construction industry survey (Please see Links #5 and #6 under the "Helpful Links" section). Using the survey information, BOLI publishes new rate books on January 1st and July 1st each year, but the rates don't always change from book to book for every classification. It will depend on the survey responses. Additionally, we publish amendments on April 1st and October 1st each year. These are generally for rate changes to just a few classifications. If you click on link #3 below, you can take a look at the rate books and amendments we've published going back to 2006.
Oregon's public contracting law requires workers on public contracts be paid overtime after eight hours per day Monday through Friday and for all hours worked on Saturday and Sunday. ORS 279C.540 (Please see Link 7 under "Helpful Links"). This is the case even if the employee has not worked forty hours in a workweek. In addition, there is also an allowance in the statute for OT to be paid after 10 hours per day if the employer establishes a four-day work week. The law applies equally to all workers on public contracts, regardless of the classification in which they are working. However, subsection (4) of this statute allows that daily, weekend, and holiday overtime requirements do not apply to union contractors.
When on a public contract, all hours worked on Saturday and Sundays must be paid at an OT rate. Please see ORS 279C.540.
The Oregon prevailing wage law does not require employer to pay holiday pay to their workers. However, ORS 279C.540 requires that workers get paid overtime if they work on a public contract on the following six legal holidays: 1) New Year's Day; 2) Memorial Day, 3) Independence Day; 4) Labor Day; 5) Thanksgiving Day; and 6) Christmas Day. Moreover, contractors must be paid overtime for all hours worked on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Oregon prevailing wage law does not require shift differentials.
Oregon prevailing wage regulations do not require subsistence pay.
Oregon prevailing wage regulations do not require employers to have apprentices and trainees. If a contractor has a bone fide apprentice, it's possible that the requirements of the apprenticeship program are such that the employer must pay for some costs associated with that program.
Oregon prevailing wage law has an apprenticeship and training contribution in the fringe benefit amount that varies by trade.
The prevailing wage law doesn't have any licensing requirements for contractors. Any person that is required to pay prevailing wages on a public project must file a public works bond with the CCB even if the employer doesn't have a CCB license.
If you're paid for any construction activity, you need to register with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. To check if a contractor holds a license in Oregon, call (503) 378-4621.
BOLI's PWR "Home" Page
PWR Law Handbook
PWR Books and Amendments
Information about the Construction Industry Survey, which is used to set the PWR
The Current (2013) Survey
The Results from the 2012 Survey
PWR Statutes (ORS279C.800-279C.870) (This link takes you to all the public contracting statutes; the PWR laws are at the end)
Susan K. Wooley
PWR Technical Assistance Coordinator
Wage and Hour Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 1045
Portland, OR 97232
Susan K. Wooley's Email