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Massachusetts contractor fined for failing to pay prevailing wages

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 5, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that On-Time Construction Services Inc. (On-Time) and owner Jonatas Vicente De Brito Barcelos will pay $117,082 for allegedly violating the state’s prevailing wage law and failing to submit true and accurate payroll records.

The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage law mandates that contractors and subcontractors engaged in public construction projects need to pay all employees special minimum wages relating to the type of work each employee performs.

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters complained in August 2015 that On-Time failed to pay the prevailing wage rate to its workers for a project at the Acushnet Police Station. After looking into the matter, Healey’s office alleged the defendants failed to pay the right wages – with specific intent – and failed to submit accurate payroll records – again with specific intent. 

“When contractors win public construction bids and then fail to pay their workers the wages they are owed, they are not just ripping off workers, they are cheating taxpayers and the honest contractors who did not get the job,” Healey said. 

The $117,082 will go toward restitution to employees and penalties to the state.

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