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 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 […]