Prevailing wage program, Mass. Dept. of Labor Standards
"The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) issues prevailing wage information for construction projects and other types of public work. These prevailing wage schedules contain hourly wage rates that workers must receive when working on a public project." Includes information on the prevailing wage law for contractors and workers, with forms, opinion letters and much 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)
Where plaintiffs brought suit asserting that they were paid less than the wages required by the Prevailing Wage Act, they could not also recover under the Wage Act. As 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 on the scope of potential liability for the employer and its officers.
Lighthouse Masonry, Inc. v. Div. of Admin. Law Appeals , 466 Mass. 692 (2013).
The prevailing wage law is a strict liability statute. Liability is imposed even where a contractor or subcontractor has 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
This 59-page guide presents the "appropriate occupational classification for various tasks performed on a work site"
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