Prevailing wage rules for building service employees in city leased or financially assisted facilities

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rules

Section 6-130[1] of the Administrative Code of the City of New York (the Prevailing Wage Law), added by Local Law 27 of 2012, requires certain developers receiving City financial assistance and certain lessors leasing commercial office space or commercial office facilities to the City to pay their building service employees the prevailing wage.

These rules clarify provisions in the Prevailing Wage Law, establish requirements to implement the law and meet its goals, and provide guidance to employers and employees.  Specifically, these rules:

  • Establish that covered employers must require all building service contractors to pay the prevailing wage to their building service employees;
  • Set forth the distribution and posting requirements for employee notices required by the Prevailing Wage Law;
  • Set forth the recordkeeping requirements under the Prevailing Wage Law;
  • Clarify the Prevailing Wage Law’s definition of “covered developer” and “building service work;”
  • Outline the Department’s enforcement steps, including how a covered employer may cure a violation of the Prevailing Wage Law, how the Department will commence a case, and how the Department may settle a complaint;
  • Clarify that the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) will issue a decision on the record in all cases;
  • Provide guidance on how an OATH administrative law judge may calculate back wages for a building service employee;
  • Clarify that if one or more building service employees start or have a civil action pending , it does not preclude the Department from commencing, prosecuting, or settling a case based on some or all of the same violations; and
  • Clarify what other appropriate relief may be imposed for a violation of  the Prevailing Wage Law, in addition to the penalties set forth in the law.

The authority for the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue these rules is found in section 6-130(d)(1) of Chapter 1 of Title 6 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.


  There are two Sections 6-130 in the Administrative Code of the City of New York.