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Friday, January 5, 2018
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Regulations

Various state and local laws vest the New York City Comptroller with authority to set prevailing wage and supplement rates, and to enforce the provisions of the above-mentioned laws by conducting investigations, issuing reports with recommendations or orders, in various situations. Over the years, as additional authority has been given to the Comptroller in this regard, it has become necessary and appropriate to update the Comptroller’s procedural rules. The laws that vest authority in the Comptroller are detailed below.

  • New York state labor law article eight requires payment of prevailing wages and supplements to construction workers on New York city public works projects.
  • New York state labor law article nine requires payment of prevailing wages and supplements to building service employees on building service contracts with city agencies. 
  • New York state real property tax law sections 421-a (8), (16)(h), and 17(g) require payment of prevailing wages to building service employees in certain buildings that receive real estate tax exemptions under that law. New York state real property tax law section 421-a (16)(c) requires payment of an average minimum hourly wage to construction workers on certain projects that are entitled to real estate tax exemptions under that law.
  • New York city administrative code section 6-109 requires payment of prevailing wages and supplements to workers on certain service contracts with city agencies and requires payment of living wages and supplements to workers on certain service contracts with city agencies.
  • New York city administrative code section 19-142 requires payment of prevailing wages and supplements to workers on New York city street excavations.

These proposed regulations set forth a clear and cohesive procedure for setting prevailing wage and supplement rates, and investigating and issuing recommendations or orders in cases brought under the above-mentioned laws. The comprehensiveness of the rules provides enhanced guidance to employers, employees, and building owners covered by these laws.

Section 1 amends the heading of chapter 2 of title 44 of the rules of the city of New York to clarify that the rules are inclusive of Comptroller activity under various laws, and not limited to labor law. Section 2 amends section 2-01 of chapter 2 of title 44 to expand the description of applicable laws.

Section 3 repeals and replaces section 2-02 of chapter 2 of title 44 to address the need for definitions of additional terms. Section 4 repeals and replaces section 2-03 of chapter 2 of title 44 to set forth the Comptroller’s procedures for determining Prevailing Wage and Supplements and how the determinations may be challenged.

Section 5 repeals and replaces section 2-04 of chapter 2 of title 44 to explain the extent of the obligation to pay prevailing wages and supplements, and record-keeping mandates for covered employers.

Section 6 repeals and replaces section 2-05 of chapter 2 of title 44 to explain how compliance investigations of covered employers are commenced, the look-back period, and the process and resolution of such investigations. The new section 2-05 now includes the parameters for penalties that may be assessed in a settlement with a covered employer in which the violation was committed by a subcontractor.

Section 7 amends chapter 2 of title 44 to add a new section 2-06 which describes the rules for hearings, and the interactions between the Comptroller, other agencies, and the office of administrative trials and hearings.

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David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, Room 1117D
One Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
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Constantine P. Kokkoris