Employer fraud comes in many forms. Some of the fraud practices include paying workers "under-the-table" in cash or declaring employees "independent contractors" to avoid taxes, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and operating without permits or licenses to name a few.
The goal of this type of business practices 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. You can help stop these illegal activities by anonymously reporting businesses that may be committing one of the above-listed acts of fraud to the Council on the Underground Economy by calling 1-877-96-LABOR (1-877-965-2267).