(1) A public contracting agency must include in the bid specifications and contracts for any public works the following:
(a) an unequivocal agreement by the contractor or employer to give preference to employment of bona fide Montana residents in compliance with 18-2-403 (1) , MCA;
(b) a statement that any construction project, excluding projects involving the expenditure of federal aid funds or where residency preference laws are specifically prohibited by federal law, the bid specifications and the contract shall provide that at least 50% of the workers of each contractor working on the project will be bona fide Montana residents in compliance with 18-2-403 (1) and 18-2-409 , MCA. In the case of a particular contractor such percentage of Montana residents shall be modified to comply with any written directive by the commissioner specifying a different percentage;
(c) an unequivocal agreement by the contractor or employer that a worker performing labor on the project will be paid the applicable standard prevailing rate of wages as determined by the commissioner;
(d) a listing of standard prevailing wage rates including fringe benefits determined by the commissioner applicable to the public works contract; and
(e) the contract provisions must clearly show that the contractor or employer is bound to pay wages at rates determined by the commissioner, and to give required preferences.
(2) If a contract for public works is to be performed in more than one district where a different standard prevailing rate of wages is established for a particular craft, classification or type of worker, the highest rate is the rate to be included in the bid specifications and contract provision.
(3) Whenever a public works project is accepted by a public contracting agency, the agency shall promptly send to the department a notice of acceptance and the completion date of the project. This notice is required only if the public works project is covered by the Act.
(4) If a public contracting agency fails to comply with the requirements of this rule, the obligation to pay the standard prevailing rate of wages will be placed on the public contracting agency and the contractor may be relieved of such obligation.