We are seeing new legislation and hearing reports of increased sub-contractor claims against our members on prevailing wage projects. Does NSCA know if that is a state by state thing? A federal David Bacon provision or what? The scenario would be that we comply with certified payroll and all but bring in subs that pull wire or whatever and not pay their people prevailing wage. Do you see any new regs clamping down on that?

A: The federal Davis-Bacon Act requires that prevailing wages be paid on federally funded public works projects, such as construction, repair or alteration of public buildings, or construction of public roads or bridges. The federal law sets a minimum threshold of $2,000. States must abide by the Davis-Bacon Act when federal funds are involved in Read the full article…

Where are we with a position on pay when paid?

A: Well, we used to be all for it and actually supported legislation around the concept. However we soon discovered that we also needed a pay when not paid provision as well. The intent was a solid idea but we found that most contractors who didn’t pay in accordance with the terms and conditions in Read the full article…

Is there an opportunity here is to create an industry certification that is relevantly code/standard-based; one that takes into account not only the generalities of what AVC integrators do (conduit, basic electrical theory, etc.) but also some of the specifics that aren’t covered in the typical trade exam (networking, audio/video/lighting/control systems 101, POE, etc.)?

I think it would be great. Imagine if it were a viewed as a pre-cursor to the typical contractor’s exam. As we review low voltage license exams around the country they all seem to have the same general questions. It would be fantastic if that were nationwide and include Canada. Read the full article…

At the P2p conference the presenter suggested we have a compliance officer… what does that even mean?

It was in reference to someone appointed by the company to oversee and do the mandatory tracking and reporting on requirements such as OSHA 10, track required certifications, attend mandatory job site meetings, manage the project closeout documentation processes, track any contracts with specific provisions for insurance or similar things.  We often assume one project Read the full article…

We struggle to have our frontline people conduct a “proof-of-performance” closeout procedure effectively because every client is different and the systems we provide are unique. Do you have any suggestions on how to be more systematic to avoid the risk of not meeting expectations and delaying final payment?

Yes! For one, include an explanation of the process and closeout procedures you use in the proposal or contract with the end-user upfront. Try not to use generic language that opens you up to subjective interpretation. Use industry closeout procedures and best practices; provide a timeline that maps out when the owner representative needs to Read the full article…


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