Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne M. Bump announced last month that the state is launching a new EOLWD website and toll-free hotline, 1-877-96-LABOR, so that workers can report suspected workplace fraud activity. Attorney Michael Bradley, formerly of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, has been appointed Executive Director of the Joint Task Force to handle operational issues likes investigating tips from the hotline and website.
The goal of this new initiative is to reduce the “underground economy,” meaning employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors, do not have a workers’ compensation policy, or pay their employees in cash “off-the-books” to conceal their business activities from local and federal government. It is also aimed at claimants who collect unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation while they are actually working.
“Stamping out such fraud is a high priority of the Patrick Administration,” said Secretary Bump. “The hotline and website are ways to report wrongdoing so that we can restore fairness in our state’s economy and help those who go to work each day to earn an honest day’s wage.”
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A new hotline for workplace fraud debuts, Boston.com, May 20, 2008
Massachusetts Governor Patrick Administration Announces New Hotline, Website for Public to Report Workplace Fraud Activity, CompNewsNetwork, May 23, 2008
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