Service Contract Act (SCA) Prevailing Wage Increase

Effective July 22, 2014 the new Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit Rates increased to $4.02 per hour.  Please click here to read the All Agency Memorandum.

The new rate of $4.02 per hour (up from last year’s $3.81 per hour) is required in all government contract bids or other service contracts awarded on or after July 22, 2014. A special rate of $1.66 per hour is set for Hawaii (up from last year’s $1.55 per hour).

Solicitations/Contracts Affected

  • All invitations for bids opened or other service contracts awarded on or after July 22, 2014, must include the new fringe benefit via an updated Wage Determination (WD).
  • For contracts beginning on or after July 22, 2014, contracting agencies are directed to make pen-and-ink changes to the current WD received for the contract for which the updated fringe benefit rate was not included.
  • For all other contracts (not those awarded or starting after July 22, 2014), revised WDs reflecting the new fringe benefit rate will be available at the Wage Determination OnLine website ( The new rate will go into effect on the anniversary date (annually, or every two years for non-appropriated funds contracts) or option renewal/modification date of these contracts — whichever date for a particular contract triggers incorporation of a new WD by the contracting agency.
  • The obligation to pay employees prevailing wages and benefits in compliance with the SCA requirements falls to contractors and subcontractors, who are jointly and severally liable for any violations. However, it is the contracting agency’s legal obligation to provide correct and updated WDs to the prime contractor, and the prime’s responsibility to flow-down updated WDs to their subcontractors.
  • Government contractors should check routinely to determine if new WDs have been provided to them by contracting agencies (or, in the case of subcontractors, by their prime contractor) by incorporation into their contracts. If the agency has not provided an updated WD as required, contractors should request that the agency do so and be sure to document their compliance efforts.

At Cleary, we know how important a comprehensive benefits package can be to your continued success. Give us a call today at 617-723-0700 and we will work with you to create a plan that meets your fringe-benefit obligations and provides your employees with valuable benefits.