About the Council on the Underground Economy (CUE)

Information about what how the CUE works

The Council on the Underground Economy and Misclassification has become a permanent department. CUE coordinates the efforts of the state agencies to abolish false employment activities. CUE is working to level the playing field to increase fair business competition.

CUE has a full-time Program Coordinator and an Interim Director. CUE also partners with 14 other state agencies. They work together to investigate fraudulent employment activities under the state’s laws.

Current partner agencies include:
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC)
Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division (AGO-FLD)
Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA)
Department of Labor Standards (DLS)
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Department of Revenue (DOR)
Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Division of Banks (DOB)
Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)
Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)
Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB)
Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants (MORI)
Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE)
Supplier Diversity Office (SDP)

Many CUE partners have strong working relationships with federal authorities. Partnering together should maximize any potential help fighting the underground economy. Likewise, we have partnered with other state agencies. The goal is to create cross-state solutions to underground economy problems.

The U.S. Department of Labor, the IRS, and state agencies started new efforts to protect the rights of employees and reduce the improper classification of employees as independent contractors or other non-employees. Cooperation between CUE and these agencies should help fight the underground economy.

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