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The Attorney General is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, the Attorney General is an advocate and resource for the Commonwealth and its residents in many areas, including protecting consumers, combating fraud and corruption, protecting civil rights, and promoting meaningful economic recovery.

The main office of the Attorney General is located in Boston. Regional offices are located in Western, Central and Southeastern Massachusetts, allowing residents statewide access to services and information.

The Office of the Attorney General is organized into six Bureaus: Executive; Criminal; Energy and Environment; Government; Health Care and Fair Competition and Public Protection and Advocacy. Each bureau is divided into divisions and teams. These Bureaus and Divisions have distinct missions, but work closely together to ensure the Attorney General’s Office provides the highest level of public protection.

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Fair Labor Division Enforcement / Attorney General's Fair Labor Division

Fair Labor Division Enforcement displays all enforcement actions that have been taken by the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division beginning January 2015.

In addition to criminal enforcement authority, the Attorney General may issue civil citations to employers for violations of the Massachusetts wage and hour laws. These laws include: non-payment of wages, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime, failure to pay prevailing wage, earned sick leave, pay stub and record keeping laws, tip pooling, independent contractor/misclassification, temporary workers right to know, domestic worker bill of rights and retaliation.

A citation can include an order for an employer to pay restitution to one or more employees and/or civil penalties. Employers who receive a civil citation must pay all fines and restitution within 21 days. Those who wish to contest a civil citation must file an appeal with the Division of Administrative Law Appeals and the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division within 10 days. Anyone failing to appeal or comply within the deadlines may have a tax lien attached to his or her real and personal property, be subject to criminal prosecution and/or be debarred from public works contracting.

Links to the statutes listed in the Violation column may be found here.

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Modified Date
2018-12-26
Release Date
2017-05-02
Frequency
Weekly
Identifier
e066ac5d-378f-4b3c-b83a-c64045f196c5
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Massachusetts
Temporal Coverage
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:00
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Author
Office of the Attorney General, Fair Labor Division
Contact Name
AGO General Inquiry Email
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Public Access Level
Public
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