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Suit says contractors fail to pay prevailing wages, taxes

Feb 23, 2018

The Orange County District Attorney’s office charged contractors with underpaying workers and failing to pay state taxes for work on Pacific Amphitheater between 2013 and 2015. Prosecutors allege that workers were not paid prevailing wage and fraudulent records were created to conceal the fraud. Prosecutors also allege that another company […]

New Assembly bill to redefine public works, require prevailing wage

Feb 19, 2018

A new assembly bill will require prevailing wage for work done under private contract for a charter school when the cost is covered by conduit revenue bonds issued on or after January 1 2019. These project will be considered public works. The bill will impose a state-mandated local program and […]

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Understanding Wage Rates Under California’s Prevailing Wage Law

Aug 15, 2017

California’s Prevailing Wage Law explained California’s Prevailing Wage Law as part of the California Labor Code requires contractors to pay specific minimum wage rates for work performed on public works projects. Public Works projects are defined in the Labor Code as any construction, alteration, demolition, installation, maintenance, or repair work […]

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Off-the-Clock and Overtime Pay at Issue in Red Light Camera Company Lawsuit

Jan 5, 2017

California employees are protected against off-the-clock work and must receive overtime pay for longer hours in accordance with California prevailing wage law. When violations of that law occur, companies are at risk for fines and civil litigation. A red light camera company is currently in the midst of a lawsuit […]

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Donahoo Client Says Justice Done in Financial Fraud Case (Fox 11 News Video)

Sep 1, 2016

Christine Ramirez told Fox 11 News reporters in a video published August 31, 2016 that justice was done in a recent financial fraud case against MetLife. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded almost $16 million to Ramirez in the case. Watch the video now. Attorneys Richard Donahoo of Donahoo & Associates, […]

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Foley Bezek, Donahoo attorneys win $15.6 million for first of 98 clients in MetLife fraudulent securities case

Sep 1, 2016

Elderly grandmother who lost life savings is first to successfully challenge insurance giant LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded $15.6 million to a grandmother who lost her life savings in a bogus investment fund that was offered by a MetLife insurance agent. […]

MetLife, Corporate Liability and Ponzi Schemes

May 31, 2016

An article in this week’s New York Times summarizes the issues raised in an ongoing lawsuit against MetLife and two of its subsidiaries. The case involves a defunct real estate fund, Diversified Lending Group, run by Bruce Friedman, that offered a high guaranteed rate of return to its investors. The […]

Employee Misclassification – When is it Wage Theft?

May 20, 2016

Employee misclassification continues to cost workers their lawful wages. They may not receive their on-the-job benefits and are shorted earned wages. When employers intentionally misclassify workers it is considered wage theft. Employee Misclassification: Independent Contractor One way workers are misclassified is when they are improperly designated an Independent Contractor. They […]

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Orange County Company Charged with Prevailing Wage Fraud

Apr 15, 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Orange County District Attorney announced that they have charged an Orange County company with multiple felony counts of failing to pay employees prevailing wages on public works contracts, tax fraud, and insurance fraud. Businesses that fail to pay prevailing wages are subject […]

New Piece-Rate Law Toughens Rest & Recovery Compensation Rules in California

Apr 7, 2016

Employees are entitled to rest and recovery breaks according to California Labor Law. A new law effective January 1, 2016 has clarified the rules for calculating compensation and how workers are to be paid for rest, recovery and other non-productive time. Employers are required to be retroactively compliant to July […]

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