PROTECT, ENFORCE & STRENGTHEN MINNESOTA'S RESPONSIBLE CONTRACTOR LAW & ASSIST STATE AGENCIES & LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT WITH IMPLEMENTATION

Fair contracting laws establish minimum criteria “responsible contractors” need to satisfy in order to be awarded state and local public works projects. These laws recognize that picking the cheapest rather than the best option increases the risk of delays, defects, injuries, cost overruns, and litigation, and bar contractors with a history of certain serious or repeat violations from being awarded public work.

Minimum criteria range from administrative filing and registration requirements and compliance with Minnesota’s Prevailing Wage, Wage & Hour and Employee Classification laws, Federal Fair Labor Standards and Davis Bacon Acts and Independent Contractor laws, to not having a Certificate of Compliance for Public Contracts revoked or suspended, not having received a sanction for failure to meet diversity goals and not being suspended or debarred by the federal government or State of Minnesota or any of its departments, commissions, agencies, or political subdivisions. Laws also require verification that all subcontractors are a “responsible contractor”.