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The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has come down hard on a cheating contractor for the second time this month, ordering Mancieri Flooring Company to pay more than $330,000 in back wages, interest and civil penalties for payroll and miscassification violations. The company has also been debarred from public work in the state for three years.
Attording to a DLT press release, Mancieri was found to have failed to pay prevailing wages for work it performed at the University of Rhode Island from 2012-2014; failed to pay overtime rates; falsely reported payments to workers on cerrified payroll records; misclassified 17 workers as independent contractors and giving workers false 1099 forms to the state to hide its behavior. Mancieri's had previously been discovered filing false payroll records on a federal prevailing wage project and continued their practices.
The company will pay $70,000 to workers, a $210,000 civil penalty and $51,000 for misclassification. The civil penalty is three time the owed wages and the misclassification penalty is $3,000 for each employee misclassified.
Just weeks ago, the DLT ordered Cardoso Construction to pay more than $700,000 for similar violations affecting 27 workers employed for work at the University of Rhode Island.