Ashland contractor ordered to pay $117K to employees

By Bill Shaner
July 29, 2016

 

BOSTON – An Ashland contractor must pay $117,000 in restitution after the Attorney General’s Office cited him for not paying employees fairly while they worked on the Acushnet Police Station.

On-Time Construction Services owner Jonatas Vicente de Brito violated the state’s wage law and failed to submit “true and accurate” payroll records, according to a release from Attorney General Maura Healey’s office Friday.

The AG’s investigators found that On-Time failed to pay three workers the prevailing wage, and that one wasn’t paid anything until the AG began its investigation a year ago. During this time, On-Time reported that its employees were paid the prevailing wage.

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Employees’ Actions Lead To Contractor’s Conviction And Level The Playing Field

February 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 

 

Feb. 11, 2015/PRNewswire/ — Licensed electrical contractor  Calvin Harris, of Harris Electric, was convicted of eight felony counts on February 9 for not paying employees prevailing wages and falsifying documents to conceal his actions. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Industrial Relations and the California Department of Insurance. According to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley’s press release, two of Harris Electric’s employees reported being victims of the wage theft on three public works’ projects – Alameda County General Services Agency (Santa Rita Jail Solar Project), the Port of Oakland and the City of Fremont – which led to the investigation of Harris.  According to the press release, “A comparison of Harris’ payroll records for the Alameda County projects revealed employee wage theft violations of $359,347.89,” which impacted 11 employees.

Mass. Window Company Settles Prevailing Wage Law Allegations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $109,000 agreement on Tuesday with an Easthampton window company to resolve allegations it violated the state’s Prevailing Wage Law.

R&R Window Contractors Inc. allegedly failed to pay the proper prevailing wage and failed to submit true and accurate payroll records connected with several public works projects throughout the state.

“The prevailing wage law ensures a level playing field for contractors and their workers who build our public schools, libraries, police stations and other public facilities,” Coakley said. “The enforcement of these laws protects workers’ rights and our taxpayer dollars.”

Coakley’s Fair Labor Division received complaints alleging that R&R was not properly paying workers performing glazier and carpentry work under the prevailing wage laws.

Between June 1, 2010 and March 28, R&R allegedly failed to pay some of its workers the correct prevailing wage rate and failed to submit true and accurate certified payroll records to the awarding authorities on nine of their public works construction projects.

R&R fully cooperated with Coakley’s inquiry and agreed to pay more than $109,000 in restitution and penalties to 43 current and former employees.

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