Labor News & Articles

Contractor Arrested in Rockland County

The NYS Department of Labor and the Rockland County District Attorney worked together to arrest another public work contractorwho allegedly stole money from workers.  A copy of the article is provided below:   Contractor Arrested in Wage Violations Scheme in Rockland County 66 Workers Cheated out of $298,000   ALBANY, NY (09/07/2010)(readMedia)– Rockland County District… Read more »

Project Labor Agreement Update: Final Rule Issued

A final rule (published in the April 13 Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 19168)) has been published that delineates the parameters for use of project labor agreement on federal projects costing $25 million or more.  Under the rule, which implements Executive Order 13502 — agencies are encouraged to utilize project labor agreements (PLAs) on such… Read more »

NLRB Appointments

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, President Obama appointed two lawyers – Mark Pearce of Buffalo, NY and Craig Becker — to serve terms on the National Labor Relations Board.  Their appointment means the NLRB will have an official quorum for the first time since 2007.  These appointments have the ability to vastly impact the operation… Read more »

$9.75 Million Minority Subcontracting Settlement

On November 5, 2009, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced a $9.75 million settlement with Tutor Perini Corp. , a publicly traded construction services company, to settle civil claims of falsely reporting that it had subcontracted work on federally funded transportation projects to minority and disadvantaged business enterprises.  The… Read more »

Nassau DA Announces Felony Plea Deal for Contractor at US Open

The Nassau County District Attorney announced a Brooklyn based contractor, SB Waterproofing inc., has plead guilty to a felony charge for failing to pay prevailing wages to workers at the 2009 U.S. Open. A copy of the DA’s press release may be found here: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DA/NewsReleases/2009/102609sbwaterproofing.html  

NYS Passes Worker Prompt Payment Bill

On September 8, 2009, the Governor signed a bill meant to ensure the prompt payment of wages owed to workers and contractors on private construction projects.  Titled “an act to amend the labor law and the general business law, in relation to the prompt payment of employees and contractors engaged in private construction projects,” the… Read more »

401(k) Alert – September 2009

Clients should take notice of new issues facing 401(k) plans.  Attached is a memorandum addressing current 401(k) plans that administrators should be aware of:  401(k) Alert Sept 2009 Please feel free to contact one of our attorneys with any questions on this issue at 631-249-6565.

Davis Bacon Act Mandates Apply to All ARRA Projects

Section 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) requires that the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage standards apply to all federal and federally-assisted construction work funded in whole or in part by the ARRA. On May 29, 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) released written guidance to… Read more »

NYS DOL Joint Taskforce on Misclassification Issues Annual Report

The New York State Joint Employment Taskforce on Employee Misclassification has issued its annual report.  The Taskforce — created in September 2007 by then Governor Spitzer pursuant to executive Order 17 — is tasked with investigating and enforcing misclassifaction matters in employment. A copy of the report may be viewed here:  NYS DOL Misclass Report… Read more »