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""Each year, many people help pave state highways, renovate public buildings, and take care of various public works projects across the Commonwealth.

The Prevailing Wage Program in Massachusetts helps ensure that professionals doing public work projects are paid properly by determining the minimum hourly wage rates workers must receive.

The Department of Labor Standards (DLS), within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provide information on who the program applies to, how to find required wages, and how to report wage violations.

Who’s Covered by the Prevailing Wage Program?

The program applies to various types of public work for cities, towns, counties, districts, and authorities in Massachusetts, including:

  • Construction Work — Construction workers who make additions and renovations to public buildings, soil exploration workers, test boring workers, and demolition workers
  • Vehicle Operation — Truck drivers, solid waste and recycling vehicle drivers, and some school bus drivers
  • Office Moving and Cleaning Services — Movers and janitorial staff in buildings owned or leased by the state
  • Certain Housing Authority Work — Maintenance workers, laborers, and mechanics

The outline of prevailing wage law gives more in-depth information on the types of work covered by the program.

What Prevailing Wage Rate Applies to My Job?

The prevailing wage rate depends on your job and its type. A copy of the required wages for your project must be posted at your work site. If you want a copy for yourself, contact the municipality or agency that has hired your contractor, called the awarding authority.

What Can I Do if I’m Not Being Paid Properly?

The AGO enforces the Prevailing Wage laws. If you believe your employer is underpaying you, you should file a wage complaint online with the AGO by filling out the Prevailing Wage Complaint Form. If you have questions about filling out the form, call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

Under most circumstances, complaints are considered public records, and may be shared with your employer. Once the complaint is received, the AGO will let you know whether they’re able to open an investigation.

By learning about the prevailing wage in Massachusetts, you can make sure that you get proper payment for your work on public works projects.

Share this post with friends and coworkers to spread the word about the Prevailing Wage Program. Tweet @MassGov or comment below with questions.

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