U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Federal Contractors Owe $101,711 to Employees Working on Michigan HUD Project
DETROIT, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two Michigan-based contractors – Resurrection Carpentry LLC and The Drywall King LLC – working on a federally funded project in Detroit, Michigan, will pay 36 current and former employees a total of $101,711, for failing to pay the required prevailing wages and fringe benefits to construction employees.
WHD investigators determined sub-contractor Resurrection Carpentry LLC of Livonia, Michigan, improperly classified three employees performing carpentry work as laborers, and paid them as such. The prevailing wage rate for laborers is less than the required rate for carpenters, so paying the lower rate violated the law. The employer also violated the CWHSSA by failing to pay overtime at the correct rate when two carpenters worked more than 40 hours in a workweek on the site. The company paid three employees back wages of $21,618.
Investigators also found a drywall subcontractor on the project, The Drywall King LLC of Waterford, Michigan, violated the DBRA by failing to pay the required prevailing wage rates and benefits to drywall workers. Instead, the employer paid workers flat rates per day, regardless of the number of hours that they worked. When those flat rates failed to cover the hours employees worked at the required rates, violations occurred. Drywall King also failed to submit certified payrolls, as is required on projects covered by DBRA. The company has paid 33 workers a total of $80,093 in back wages.
“Contractors working on federally funded jobs receive detailed agreements that include prevailing wage and fringe benefits rates they are required to pay their workers. They must ensure that they adhere to these rules, and that all of their subcontractors do the same,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Timolin Mitchell, in Detroit, Michigan. “Employers can avoid these costly violations. We encourage all employers to reach out to us for confidential assistance to understand their responsibilities under the law.”
For more information about the DBRA, CWHSSA and other laws enforced by WHD, contact the Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division.
WHD’s mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation’s workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act, and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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