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Underpaying Workers Is a Bad Idea, says Massachusetts AG

Massachusetts AG Andrea Joy Campbell announced citations issued against Idea Painting Company and its owner for failure to pay employees sick or overtime wages and failure to keep or furnish accurate wage records, in violation of Massachusetts labor laws. According to AG Campbell, Idea Painting failed to pay proper overtime wages and instead paid workers…

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DC AG Continues Constructing Wage Theft Settlements

District of Columbia AG Brian Schwalb settled with Prestige Drywall LLC to resolve allegations that the construction company misclassified employees as independent contractors—resulting in the deprivation of overtime pay, sick leave, and other employment protections and benefits to which the workers were lawfully entitled—in violation of the District’s Workplace Fraud Act, Minimum Wage Revision Act,…

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Don’t Lien on Me: Home Improvement Business Pays for Deceptive Practices

An Ohio court entered a final judgment in a case brought by AG Dave Yost against Neil Construction Co., Inc. and its owner for allegedly defrauding customers in violation of state consumer protection laws. According to the Court’s order granting summary judgment, the home improvement business committed unfair deceptive acts and practices including placing liens…

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AG Coalition Files Amicus Briefing in Sixth Circuit Supporting OSHA Worker Safety Laws

A group of 19 Democratic AGs filed an amicus brief in Allstates Refractory Contractors, LLC v. Walsh, a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in which an Ohio company has challenged OSHA’s promulgation of “permanent safety standards,” arguing that it is unconstitutional and the federal nondelegation doctrine prohibits it from…

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Massachusetts Enforces Wage & Hour Laws in Multiple Industries

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey issued citations against construction companies Machados Construction Services LLC, Real Construction Inc., and WF North Lion Inc., and related individuals, over allegations that they failed to pay the prevailing wage on a public construction project, paying only $15 to $20 per hour instead of the state-mandated prevailing wage rate of $68.72 per hour. The citations total nearly $637,000 in restitution for workers and penalties.

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