BOSTON — A Peabody construction company has been cited by the state Attorney General’s office for failing to pay the proper prevailing wage rate to employees for work performed on public projects, as well as other violations of state wage laws.
DANCO Management, Inc., of Peabody, and its owner, Daniel Tremblay, were issued four citations totaling $293,812 in restitution and penalties for failure to pay the prevailing wage, failure to make timely payment of wages, failure to submit true and accurate certified payroll records, and failure to keep true and accurate payroll records, according to a release from Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.
“Our prevailing wage laws ensure a level playing field for contractors who perform work for public entities, including municipalities, schools, libraries and housing authorities,” stated Healey in the release. “When contractors skirt these laws, they not only cheat employees out of their wages, they undermine the competitive business environment of Massachusetts.”
The attorney general’s Fair Labor Division began an investigation after receiving a complaint from an employee who claimed he was paid below the prevailing wage for work he performed for DANCO on a public works project. The investigation found that DANCO and Tremblay failed to pay 14 employees the proper prevailing wage rate for carpentry work performed over a 13-month period in four Massachusetts counties. Tremblay also deducted money from employees’ hourly prevailing wage rates for fringe benefits (i.e. health and welfare and pension contributions) that were not provided to the employees.
The attorney general’s Office issued citations against Ronan Jarvis, former owner of MC Starr Companies Inc., and R&A Drywall, LLC and owner Allan S. Vitale for similar violations.