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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]