Fourteen employees of Quinco Electrical—a nationwide commercial electrical firm with a major office in Raleigh—will be getting something extra in their pay envelopes now that the company has settled a case alleging it violated federal contracting labor laws.
A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division investigation revealed that Quinco failed to maintain the proper ratio of apprentices to journeymen electricians on a federally funded work site. Investigators said Quinco misclassified electricians as pipe layers, causing those workers to be paid less than the prevailing wage required by the Davis-Bacon Act, which sets pay for employees working on government contracts.
The DOL also said Quinco’s overtime payments to those misclassified workers violated the Contract Work Hours & Safety Standards Act. The workers will split $68,778.
Note: Employers that accept federal dollars must make sure they stick to the federal rules.