Senate Passes Construction Contract Bill

by | Feb 27, 2014

Mass. Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury

Mass. Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury

BOSTON- On Monday, February 24th, the Senate passed a bill filed by Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) which aims to promote fair and appropriate wage and benefit classification in private construction contracts.

“I am proud to announce that the Senate took steps today to ensure that private construction contracts in the Commonwealth are fair and properly classified,” stated Senator Moore. “By filing weekly payroll records, this legislation aims to ensure that employees receive the proper hourly wage and benefits they have earned through their hard work, such as workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, and are not misclassified as independent contractors. We passed the minimum wage legislation to ensure that our workers receive a wage that fairly compensates them for their hard work. This legislation is another step to ensure that our workers are properly classified and receive wages and benefits that they have earned.”

The bill, S. 873, An Act Promoting Fairness in Private Construction Contracts, adds language to Section 27B of Chapter 149 requiring weekly submissions to awarding authorities by mail, first class postage pre-paid, or by electronic mail, certified payroll records that shall consist of a complete copy of such records accompanied by a statement signed by the employer that indicates such records are correct, and the rate of wages paid to each performing the work of mechanic, apprentice, teamsters, chauffeurs, and laborers.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.