What Exactly is the FFCM and What Can It Do For Me?

Dear Compliance Man, I recently received a letter from you people in the mail. It had my name, the company I’ve been working for and the project we’re working on. Then it had the amount of money I guess I’m supposed to be making, but what I am getting is a lot less than that. […]

Payments Are Perpetually Late

Dear Compliance Man: My boss has a habit of paying us late. Is there anything we can do? –Overdue in Otis Dear Overdue: Your boss may be late with the checks, but he’s on time when it comes to breaking the law. Under Massachusetts law, late payment of wages is NOT allowed. Chapter 149, Section […]

Compliance Man FAQs

In every Wage Watch issue, Compliance Man answers your questions about your rights as a public construction worker. And plenty of questions there are—I get letters, phone calls and e-mails from workers just like you almost every day. While I love hearing from you (keep the questions coming!), many of the queries are very similar. […]

Does the Prevailing Wage Pertain To Me?

Dear Compliance Man, Where does the “prevailing wage” come from and how do I know if it applies to me? -Paulo in Fall River, MA Dear Paulo, There is a long answer to your question and I won’t bore you with details here (Give me a call if you want the full run-down). The prevailing […]

Often Owned Overtime

Dear Compliance Man: My husband works for a small construction company in Western Massachusetts. He gets several different rates of pay, depending on the job, but his base pay is lower. My question is about his overtime. His employer will only pay him “straight time” not time and a half. Also, this pay is paid cash, and not […]