Any person including contractor associations or labor organizations aggrieved by a final determination of a prevailing wage rate may petition the commissioner for reconsideration of that wage rate within 30 days following its certification. The petitioner shall indicate the county and class(es) of labor contested, the reason the petitioner believes the rate to be inaccurate, and the rates the petitioner believes to be correct.
Within ten days following receipt of a petition for reconsideration, the department shall informally meet with the petitioner and any other interested person, associations, or labor organizations, to review the contested wage determination(s).
The petitioner shall be prepared to support his or her contentions with any documents or data the petitioner deems necessary.
The department shall be prepared to produce and review the data, summary sheets, and other documents upon which its determinations were based, and shall produce for the petitioner's inspection all such documents.
Following the informal conference, the department shall, within ten days, notify the petitioner of any decision modifying, changing, or reaffirming the contested wage rate or indicate to the petitioner that a survey will be necessary to resolve the contested wage rate(s).
Where the department determines that a new survey is necessary, such survey shall be conducted within 30 days. Thereafter, the department shall inform the petitioner by certified mail of its final decision based on that survey.
No prevailing wage rate will be deemed to be vacated or suspended pending the resolution of a petition for reconsideration nor will the department request any state agency contemplating a state project to suspend, delay, or otherwise change its contract and bidding schedules due to any pending procedures resulting from a petition for reconsideration.
Any person aggrieved by a final decision following reconsideration of a prevailing wage rate may, within 20 days after the decision, petition the commissioner for a public hearing in the manner of a contested case under the Administrative Procedure Act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 14.57 to 14.61. Upon receipt of a petition for a public hearing the commissioner shall order the initiation of a contested case in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, sections 14.48 to 14.56. All contested case hearings initiated herein shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of operation of the Office of Administrative Hearings.
MS s 175.171
17 SR 1279
June 11, 2008