Bryan Cohen Dec. 17, 2012, 7:00pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a letter Friday requesting that National Grid rectify wage issues that left close to 2,000 Massachusetts workers unpaid by Dec. 21.

Coakley's office closely monitored the wage situation that resulted in workers not being compensated for work carried out in connection with Hurricane Sandy. The letter said that National Grid will face penalties if it does not remedy the issues by Dec. 21.

"This delay is simply unacceptable," Coakley said. "While the company has made efforts to address these issues, these working families should not be left to shoulder the weight of this problem."

In November, serious glitches occurred with National Grid's new pay system leading to multiple issues, mostly in connection with work engaged in during Hurricane Sandy. The company experienced thousands of problems, including the failure to pay wages in a timely fashion to close to 2,000 workers attempting to restore power to residents of Massachusetts and neighboring states.

Six weeks later, workers in Massachusetts continue to deal with pay related issues, such as improperly remitted wage deductions, inaccurate payroll records, and untimely and improper payment of wages.

National Grid previously set a self-imposed Dec. 14 target date to fix the issues. Massachusetts law requires that wages be paid no later than six days from the end of the pay period during which wages were earned.

If National Grid fails to deal with all issues later than Dec. 21, Coakley's office plans to impose penalties until all employees receive their full earned wages.

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