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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Long on Hours, Short on Pay

Dear Compliance Man, I worked construction last year on a public job and I’m pretty sure I got paid less than what I was supposed to be getting. If I’m right and my former boss owes me money, how do I get it back? What happens to him if it turns out that he was […]

Working in Worcester? My Employer Says I Did…

Dear Compliance Man, I recently got a mailing from you folks and it showed me working on a construction project way out in Worcester. Well, I’ve never worked out there. So why would my name show up on some project that I’ve never worked on? — Confused in Canton Dear Confused, Unfortunately the situation you described happens […]