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Q: Certified Payroll ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Certified Payroll
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: skprew-ga
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Posted: 01 Jun 2006 12:00 PDT
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Question ID: 734478
In relation to human resources and the payroll process in a company,
what does the classification "certified payroll" actually mean? Is it a
certification process by a government agency? Is it adhering to an
industry standard? I just don't know...
Subject: Re: Certified Payroll
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 07 Jun 2006 09:23 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

There is a good overview of the term "certified payroll" at this site
on 'prevailing wage' standards for public projects in New Jersey:

Prevailing Wage Rate FAQ's

Q. What is a certified payroll record? 

A. A "certified payroll record" is a payroll record which is certified
by a principal or authorized agent of any business entity employing
covered workers on a public project, to be true and accurate.

Q. How often are certified payroll submitted to the public entity?

A. Such records shall be submitted for each payroll period within ten
(10) days of the payment of wages.

Q. Do owner/operators who perform covered work have to be included on
certified payrolls?

A. Yes. The information required for owner/operators is the same as
for employees, with no exceptions.

Q. The prime contractor requires the subcontractor to file certified
payrolls with them. Does this satisfy the subcontractor's filing
requirements with the awarding public body?

A. No. The law requires that all subcontractors and contractors file
certified payrolls within 10 days of pay dates with the awarding
public body. An original signature certifying the accuracy of the
payroll records is required on the payroll filed with the public body.

Q. As a corporate officer who performs craft type work on public
construction, must I report myself on the certified payrolls?

A. Yes. You are an employee of the corporation. Therefore, you must
report and pay yourself just as you would any other employee.


There are other segments of the document that discuss certified payrolls as well.

Although the link above is specific to New Jersey, note the discussion
it has of the Davis-Bacon Act, which is federal, and which also has a
prevailing wage and certified payroll requirement.

Q. What is the difference between the Davis-Bacon Act and the New
Jersey Prevailing Wage Act?

A. The Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) pertains to public construction projects
awarded by a federal agency, such as work on military bases and U.S.
Postal Service buildings. Certified payrolls must be filed with the
proper federal agency. The New Jersey Wage and Hour office does not
monitor projects which are covered exclusively by the DBA.

In a nutshell, for federal and many state public works projects, there
are requirements to pay workers the prevailing wage, and these wages
must be attested to in the form of a certified payroll statement.

I trust this information fully meets your needs.

But if there's anything else I can do for you, just let me know by
posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you



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skprew-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Certified Payroll
From: primdiva4-ga on 07 Jun 2006 08:56 PDT
Certified payroll is a report done by a payroll clerk and submitted to
the state.  The report is signed to certify that the information is
correct.  It is to prove that you are paying your employees the
correct amount when they are working on prevailing wage projects. 
Prevailing wage projects are usually funded by the state and there is
a set wage and fringe benefit requirement that must be met.  The
reports are easy to do, all the information you need for them are
located on individual employee pay stubs.  However these reports can
be very time consuming depending on the amount of employees you have
as well as the number of prevailing wage projects you have going on at
one time.

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