Employer fraud comes in many forms. Some of the avoidance techniques include paying workers' "under-the-table" or declaring employees "independent contractors" to avoid taxes; avoiding workers' compensation and unemployment insurance - both required by law; operating without permits or licenses to name a few.

The goal of such businesses is to maximize profits and underbid competitors. This takes business away from legitimate companies and denies workers their rights and benefits due under Massachusetts law.

Here's how you can help stop these activities.

Employers known to be avoiding taxes by paying workers "under-the-table" should be reported to the Task Force by calling 1-877-96-LABOR (1-877-965-2267).

To report an employer that does not have workers' compensation insurance, please call the Department of Industrial Accidents Employer Fraud Hotline at 1-877-MASSAFE (1-877-627-7233) or 617-727-4900, ext. 406.

To report an employer for unfair labor practices, please contact the Attorney General's tipline at 617-727-3465.

Companies that do not provide unemployment insurance should be reported to the Department of Unemployment Assistance Fraud Hotline at 1-800-354-9927 or by submitting the DUA Fraud Hotline Complaint Form . You can e-mail a tip to UIfraud@detma.org . You can also write to U.I. Integrity Department, P.O. Box 8610, Boston, MA 02114. The fax number is 617-723-5312.