Building Trades, New York

Prevailing Wage Underpayments Recovered by NYS

August 11, 2017

By Tara Jessup

August 12, 2017
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – Over $307,560 in civil penalties have been assessed against employers who violated prevailing wage law with $5,287,405  returned to 2,285 workers in the first six months of 2017.
“We have zero tolerance for those that seek to strip New Yorkers of the pay they worked so hard to earn, and we will continue to aggressively crack down on these bad actors and hold them fully accountable for their actions,” Governor Cuomo said. “Every New Yorker deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and by recovering and returning these wages, we are once again standing up for and protecting the hard-working men and women of this state.”
Prevailing wage is the minimum pay rate set by law for employment on public work projects. This applies to all workers employed under a public work contract. Union partners from the Building Trades regularly refer cases to the New York State Department of labor. Employers must pay the prevailing wage rate set for the locality where the work is performed. Should a violation of the law occur, the Department of Labor has the authority to ban individuals or businesses from bidding on public work projects for a period of up to five years.
State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “The Department of Labor takes the responsibility of enforcing prevailing wage protections very seriously. Prevailing wage laws ensure that contractors compete based on skill, productivity, and experience, removing the incentive to exploit workers in order to minimize costs.”

August 11, 2017

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