AG announces nearly $10M in penalties

A report released because of the attorney general shows hawaii assessed nearly $10 million in restitution and penalties against employers who stole wages, misclassified workers and exploited young workers in earlier times year.

“We visited 247 locations from construction sites towards the airport, to restaurants to nail salons, and we’re going to keep doing it,” Attorney General Maura Healey said yesterday in the annual Labor Day breakfast

Her office issued over 600 citations against companies who were “aiming to cheat workers,” Healey said.

“Numerous the project rarely makes all the most visited page, rarely captures the media’s attention, but that’s not what it’s about,” Healey said. “It’s about attending to people and tending to values, and so i like you to understand that nothing has or are definitely more imperative that you me and my team.”

The Fair Labor Division, answerable for enforcing state laws governing the payment of wages, opened 729 cases and required employers to spend $6.8 million in restitution and $2.7 million in penalties, good AG’s third annual Labor Day report, issued yesterday. Throughout the construction and hospitality industries continued to offer the highest proportion of violations cited.

The AG’s office prioritized wage theft during the construction industry at the moment, in line with the report, issuing citations and also other assessments against 61 employers totaling nearly $1.5 million.

Notable cases from the report include E.J. Paving Co. Inc., which never pay $172,554 in overtime, in line with Healey’s office. The Methuen-based paving company didn’t pay overtime until their employees worked over 45 hours in different given week. This business was forced to pay 47 employees more than $3,000 each.

Paving company spokesman Andrea McCann said yesterday: “EJ Paving cares tremendously about its employees. This company has always done what it really believed was at compliance together with the law. The business is more than willing to rectify any inadvertent mistakes and accomplished it immediately whenever a calculation error is discovered.”

Florida-based Southern Road & Bridge LLC was issued two citations totaling $213,407 following an allegation the fact that company weren’t paying its employees the appropriate wage rate for develop several MassDOT public works projects. The provider has signed a settlement to fork out 33 employees what they are owed.

J. Donlon and Sons was cited for multiple violations including intentionally failing the minimum wage and unable to maintain accurate payroll records. The corporation must pay a lot more than $56,000 to eight employees and $65,000 in penalties. This company as well as owners are barred for Decade from working away at any public construction project in the state.

Two of the three offending companies could not be reached for comment during yesterday’s Labor Day holiday.

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