Mass. contractor agrees to $10,000 in fines
Martha Coakley (D)
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- A Massachusetts construction company that violated the state's independent contractor, overtime and records keeping laws has agreed to pay almost $10,000 in fines.
Design & Development, LLC, of Somerville, Mass., owned by Shakeel Hossain, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for violating the Independent Contractor/Employee Misclassification Law.
All of the employees at Design & Development, LLC, were classified as independent contractors, not employees, in violation of the Independent Contractor Law.
In addition, the company will pay $3,485 to eight employees for failure to pay overtime as well as a fine of $1,600 for failing to maintain general payroll records, under an agreement with Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.
Following a stop work order from the Department of Industrial Accidents in March, after it was determined that Design & Development, LLC, had no workers' compensation coverage, an investigation into the business turned up the misclassification violation.