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How to thank this veteran (and others): Support prevailing wage

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 8:33pm Written by dgarcia

It's in the state's best interest to attract veterans such as Matt into the skilled trades, where there is a shortage of workers today. But without prevailing wage policies, the job will be a lot less attractive — in fact, many skilled-trades workers, including veterans, won't enter the profession, or will go to another state. 

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Agreement between U.S. Department of Labor, Oregon Bureau of Labor provides education, enforcement to protect workers from missclassification

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:17am Written by group7even

The division and bureau signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees, and other stakeholders; share resources and enhance enforcement by conducting coordinated investigations and sharing information consistent with applicable law.

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Colorado wage complaints surge amid claims of payroll fraud, abuse of workers

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:56am Written by group7even

In an effort to bring public attention to the issue, the unions are distributing fliers around job sites, identifying subcontractors and labor brokers at the sites whom they believe are engaging in wage fraud, based on affidavits from workers and photos of cash payrolls.

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Four Questions Interview with Matthew Capece

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:43am Written by group7even

America is rife with complex plots by businesses to illegally dodge workers-comp premiums. The flourishing underground economy that exists in many urban centers adds more kindling to the fraud fire, especially in construction. FraudWire reached out to Matthew Capece, senior executive with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, for his thoughts. He’s been a specialist in employer payroll fraud in construction since 1989.

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Allying with carpenters against workers-comp premium cheaters

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:36am Written by group7even

Workers-comp premium scams by employers may steal more money than bogus work injury claims. At least that’s what many experts say. And the problem could be growing. This is especially true in urban centers with deep underground economies.

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Guilty plea by contractor, nearly $800K in restitution to cheated workers

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 10:32am Written by group7even

Both defendants pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court and must pay $793,509.60 in restitution and $83,143.76 in unpaid unemployment contributions due to the New York State Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Division. 

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Bill would make state investigations into wage theft a public record

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 10:25am Written by admin

House Bill 16-1347 would turn previously secret records on whether an employer had violated wage laws into public records. That means that the public would have access to such information as cases of employers who were found to have illegally withheld pay or underpaid their employees. 

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Senator Brown proposes anti-wage theft legislation

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 10:20am Written by admin

CINCINNATI, OH - In the wake of Cincinnati becoming the first Ohio city to pass a wage theft ordinance, one of Ohio's senators is trying to bring the momentum nationwide. 

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Residential construction industry built on 'payroll fraud' model

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:14pm Written by admin

Even though construction employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, untold numbers of injured workers have been fired, left to try to get medical help on their own.

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Tennessee contractors avoid workers' comp to win bids

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:54am Written by admin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The amount of growth in downtown Nashville requires a lot of labor, but not every worker is equally protected in case of injury.

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