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States Seek Tighter Payroll Reporting to Fight Wage Theft

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry, in collaboration with Attorneys General from 13 other states, has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor requesting more detailed reporting on payroll forms by contractors for public project workers.

This initiative aims to enhance transparency regarding worker compensation, including pay, deductions, and benefits, to prevent violations of fair labor laws such as wage theft and fraud. The request highlights the necessity for improved forms to effectively enforce the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, which safeguard workers from unjust labor practices.

The group proposes that the Department of Labor mandates employers to report detailed information about the hourly rate equivalents for each type of benefit provided, the nature of benefit plans, and a comprehensive itemization of deductions from workers’ pay.

This initiative, led by Attorney General Henry and supported by states including Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Rhode Island, aims to address the challenges in detecting and addressing deceptive practices by employers that exploit the current reporting system, citing a case in Pennsylvania where a contractor misappropriated $64,000 from electricians and plumbers through manipulative classification and deduction schemes.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

Daily Forecast, April 21, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting overcast clouds, with a high of 52.23°F and a low of 35.2°F. The humidity

Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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