The firm has played an important role in developing the law under the Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Acts.

Several important federal and state laws regulate workers' wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. Federal laws establishing labor standards include the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act, among others.

Under the Davis-Bacon Act, contractors and their subcontractors working on projects for the United States or the District of Columbia involving the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works must pay their workers no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character.  In addition to the Davis-Bacon Act itself, Congress has added prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 statutes that provide federal grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance for construction projects.  These "related Acts" involve construction in such areas as transportation, housing, air and water pollution reduction, and health.

The Service Contract Act requires contractors and subcontractors performing services under a federal contract to pay employees no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits prevailing in the locality, or the rates contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement.

Sherman Dunn has been in the forefront of developing the law under the Davis-Bacon Act and related laws, including the Service Contract Act, through representation of our clients in the United States Congress, before the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Administrator and Administrative Review Board, and before the federal courts.