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The Fair Labor Division of the Office of the Attorney General in Massachusetts is seeking to fill two Wage and Hour Investigator positions.

Duties:
The Wage and Hour Investigator I (functional) reviews and investigates violations of labor standards under M.G.L. Chapter 149 and other related regulations and statutes; conducts interviews concerning complaints of wage violations; writes reports; responds to inquiries from employees, employers, and their representatives regarding applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations; conducts site visits; testifies at civil and criminal hearings and before the Grand Jury; and supports the enforcement of wage, hour, child labor and prevailing wage and other related work as required. Inspectors (Investigators) also conduct payroll audits and analyze financial records.

Qualifications:
Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in inspection or investigatory work or in the regulation or enforcement of wage and hour laws, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and applicable substitutions. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator??s license is required.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
I. An Associate??s degree with a major in a related discipline may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
II. A bachelor??s degree with a major in a related discipline may be substituted for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Professional or technical experience and investigatory work in labor standards is preferred. Law enforcement or construction and trade experience also preferred. Computer and auditing skills preferred. Spanish or Brazilian-Portuguese language skills are also preferred.

How To Apply:
Apply by submitting cover letter,and resume and to:
Sandra L. Macdonald, Recruitment & Hiring Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General
Human Resource Management Office
One Ashburton Place, 18th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

More information is available at the online job posting.




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The unemployment system was designed to provide a safety net to Americans who were out of work. But with both the Federal and State government involved, basic goals of the program are undermined. Workers are discouraged from taking short-term, lower pay jobs lest their benefits get reduced.

Boston.com highlights the problems in a story featuring Local 40 Carpenter Gary LaPlante.

After nearly a year without work, Gary LaPlante was happy to take a three-week construction job. What he didn??t know was that the job would cost him more than two-thirds of his benefits when he went back on unemployment.

LaPlante, a union carpenter, is among thousands of unemployed in Massachusetts and across the nation who are discovering an unexpected kink in the system that can mean drastic cuts in their unemployment benefits.




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