From the backup material on agenda item 5A-3 at the January 13, 2015 BCC meeting.

Contract Incentive for Apprentice Utilization 12/11/14

Palm Beach County offers a Apprentice Incentive payment to a contractor who actually expends a minimum of $25,000 (including subcontractors) in payroll costs on apprentice wages. For purposes of this section, "apprentice" means any person who is participating in a Florida Department of Education registered apprenticeship program. The Living Wage provisions of this contract shall not be diminished by paying an apprentice less than the Living Wage.

Upon completion of the contract, Contractor may apply for the payment which will be added to the contract by change order. If the County determines that the Contractor complied with the requirements of this section, it will reimburse the contractor 20% of its apprentice wages (including payroll taxes, costs, and benefits) up to a maximum reimbursement of $100,000. The request must be submitted no later than 45 days after Substantial Completion of the project.

For projects with construction costs of $20,000,000 or greater, the threshold amount of expenditures for apprentices which must be paid to qualify for the incentive shall increase to $50,000 and the maximum reimbursement payment to $200,000.

To be eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive payment, the apprentice employer (through the Contractor) must provide the following documentation: apprentice name( s ), contact information, the apprentice Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) Registration number, certification from the apprentice program that the employee was in good standing during the time on the project, registered trade, and certified payroll for the apprentice hours worked on the project.

The Contractor is required to forward all documentation, assembled and submitted by the apprentice employer in accordance with the above paragraph, to the County for review and disposition. Any incentive that the County approves shall be provided to the apprentice employer in full.

 

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