Prevailing wage program, Mass. Dept. of Labor Standards
The Dept. of Labor Standards (DLS) issues prevailing wage information. These schedules contain the wage rates that workers must receive when working on public projects. Includes information for contractors and workers, forms, opinion letters, and more.
File a prevailing wage complaint, Massachusetts Attorney General.
Instructions and link to file a complaint online.
Request an example prevailing wage, Department of Labor Standards
Request for prevailing wage rates, Department of Labor Standards
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Selected case law
Donis v. American Waste Services, LLC, 485 Mass. 257 (2020)
Plaintiffs who brought suit under the Prevailing Wage Act could not also recover under the Wage Act. The sole basis for the employees' claim was a violation of the Prevailing Wage Act. The employees could not restate their claims under the Wage Act to evade the limitations of the Prevailing Wage Act.
Lighthouse Masonry, Inc. v. Div. of Admin. Law Appeals , 466 Mass. 692 (2013).
The prevailing wage law is a strict liability statute. Contractors and subcontractors are liable even when there is no intent to violate the law. “Under a strict liability scheme, an employer's reason for the violation is irrelevant; the fact of violation is sufficient for a penalty to issue.”
Frequently asked questions about the Massachusetts prevailing wage laws, Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts
Prevailing wage topical outline, Mass. Dept. of Labor Standards, July 2018
A 59-page guide on how to classify various tasks performed on a work site.
|Last updated:||August 26, 2020|