For Immediate Release - December 14, 2012

AG Coakley Calls on National Grid to Rectify Pay Issues by Dec. 21 or Face Penalties

Nearly 2,000 Workers Left Uncompensated for Work Performed in Connection with Hurricane Sandy

BOSTON – After closely monitoring the pay issues encountered by National Grid that has left nearly 2,000 Massachusetts workers unpaid, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office sent a letter today calling for the energy company to rectify all wage issues no later than December 21 or face penalties.

“This delay is simply unacceptable,” AG Coakley said. “While the company has made efforts to address these issues, these working families should not be left to shoulder the weight of this problem.”

In November 2012, National Grid's new pay system encountered serious glitches that resulted in a host of issues, largely in connection with work performed during Hurricane Sandy.  Thousands of problems were identified company-wide including the failure to pay wages in a timely manner to nearly 2,000 Massachusetts workers who worked to ensure that residents of Massachusetts and neighboring states had their power restored.

After six weeks, Massachusetts workers continue to suffer pay related problems, including: untimely and improper payment of wages, inaccurate payroll records, and improperly remitted wage deductions. National Grid had previously set a self-imposed target date of December 14 to correct the pay issues. 

Under Massachusetts law wages must be paid no later than six days from the end of the pay period during which the wages were earned. According to the letter, National Grid must rectify all pay issues no later than December 21 or face penalties until all employees are fully paid their earned wages.

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