Federal contractor pays $200k in back wages to employees (WV)

Dec 15, 2017
Charleston Gazette-Mail

A federal contractor has paid more than $200,000 in back wages to seven employees to resolve three violations of federal law.

B&F Contracting Inc. is the prime contractor for repair and renovation projects at federal buildings in West Virginia and Kentucky, according to a news release from the United States Department of Labor.

The company paid employees less than the prevailing wages required by law, failed to pay overtime to one employee, and failed to maintain required payroll records, according to
an investigation completed by employees in the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

Those actions violated the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.

The company paid approximately $213,282 in back wages to the affected employees, and all back wages have been paid in full, according to the news release.

“The resolution of this case helps to level the playing field for federal contractors who play by rules and must not be underbid by those who do not,” District Director John DuMont, who is based in Pittsburgh, said in the release.

In addition to the back wages, the company will hire a certified public accountant to oversee its compliance with federal laws and to provide the department with copies of certified payroll records and corresponding time records on a semi-annual basis for a one-year period, according to the release.

If the company commits another violation of the same labor laws, it will be debarred from bidding on federal contracts for three years after the violation.

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