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Benefits under Federal Contracts


Benefits under Federal Contracts

 Frequently Asked Questions


For employees working under certain government contracts, holidays and vacation benefits may be required. In other instances, however, there is no such requirement. In those cases, the extent of the leave and whether it is paid in whole, in part, or not at all is generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative).






  • Under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), covered contractors must maintain payrolls and basic records and submit certified weekly payrolls. Although use of Form WH-347 is optional, the form will satisfy the requirements of Regulations, Parts 3 and 5 (29 CFR, Subtitle A), as to payrolls submitted in connection with contracts subject to the DBRA. Records to be maintained include:
    • Name, address, and social security number of each employee;
    • Each employee's work classification(s);
    • Hourly rate(s) of pay (including rates of contributions or costs anticipated for bona fide fringe benefits or cash equivalents thereof);
    • Daily and weekly numbers of hours worked;
    • Deductions made; and
    • Actual wages paid.

    See 29 CFR 5.5(a)(3) for further information.
  • Each contractor and subcontractor performing work subject to the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) shall maintain certain records for each employee performing work on the covered contract. The following is a list of the basic records that must be maintained:
    • Name, address, and social security number of each employee;
    • Correct work classification(s), wage rate(s), and fringe benefits provided (or rate(s) of fringe benefit payments provided in lieu of fringe benefits);
    • The number of daily and weekly hours worked by each employee; and
    • Any deductions, rebates, or refunds from each employee's compensation.

    See 29 CFR 4.6(g) for further information.
  • The Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) requires each covered contractor or subcontractor to provide a weekly statement of the wages paid to each of its employees engaged in covered work. The statement shall be executed by the contractor or subcontractor or by an authorized officer or employee of the contractor or subcontractor who supervises the payment of wages and shall be on form WH-348, “Statement of Compliance,” or on an identical form on the back of WH-347 “Payroll (For Contractors Optional Use”) or on any form with identical wording. Within seven days after the regular pay date for the pay period the statement shall be delivered to a representative of the federal or state agency in charge at the site of the building or work.


  • The McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) - Requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on federal or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement.
  • The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) - Requires that all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts in excess of $2,000, pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area. The prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits are determined by the Secretary of Labor.
  • 29 CFR 4.170 to 4.177 - Regulations concerning benefit payment obligations of employers covered by the SCA.
  • 29 CFR 5.25 to 5.29 - Regulations concerning benefit payment obligations of employers subject to the DBRA.


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    Wage and Hour Division
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    Room S-3502
    Washington, DC 20210
    Contact WHD
    Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627
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