Risking My Job By Asking for Overtime?

Dear Compliance Man, I’m a construction worker and since I’ve worked for my boss I’ve never seen overtime. There are times when I’ll work well over 40 hours and not get overtime. Isn’t this illegal? You’re probably thinking: why don’t you just say something to your boss? I guess I never had the courage, but […]

Fraudulent Payrolls, Shady Unemployment, and a Dodgy Employer

Dear Compliance Man, My husband and many of his coworkers are not getting paid the prevailing wage as required on state projects. The owner of the company also fraudulently fills out certified payrolls, which as you know are required on these projects. My husband has been collecting unemployment for months, as are many others at the company, but […]

Tax Time Means 1099 Kinds of Trouble

Dear Compliance Man, My boss tells me we are in a “contracting relationship,” in which he “subcontracts” my laboring for his construction business. Trouble is, I have a hunch that I’ve been left holding the tax bag. It sure seems strange to say I’m in business for myself. Last I checked, he’s calling the shots. […]

What’s the Formula for Filing a Complaint?

Dear Compliance Man, I would like to know how to go about filing a complaint about an employer. I recently learned about a landscaping firm that hires mostly Spanish-speaking workers, many of whom are not aware of prevailing wage requirements. Some of them have worked for the firm for several years, but make only $9-$10 […]

Electrician’s Wage for Electrician’s Work; Everything Else is Exempt?

Dear Compliance Man, My buddy and I have spent most of the last year doing electrical work as part of a big school renovation project. Everything was going fine until we got near the end of the project and switched over from wiring to installing equipment like flat-paneled TVs, sound systems. When we noticed that […]