Ship Repair Contractor Repays $720,000 in Back Wages to Workers for Violations of Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corp. and Coastwide Material Supply Corp., based in Bayonne, paid $720,000 in unpaid wages and liquidated damages to the U.S. Department of Labor for distribution to 224 workers who worked for the firms at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.

An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found the companies violated the overtime provisions of the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act. Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair had a federal contract to repair and rehabilitate U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, and the company later engaged Coastwide Material Supply as a subcontractor on the contract. These firms share common ownership.

Investigators found the companies had full-time employees, considered crew leaders, who brought in temporary workers on an as-needed basis. The companies did not consider the temporary workers as employees, failed to keep accurate and complete records, and did not pay overtime, as required by law.

After the companies were told of the violations, the companies agreed to pay the back wages and damages and to comply with all applicable provisions of the act on all work performed as part of any contract covered by the act, whether as a prime or subcontractor.

The Wage and Hour Division is now dispersing back wages. Workers employed by this company from January 2011 through December 2012 are encouraged to contact the Northern New Jersey District Office at 908-317-8611 to determine if they are due back wages.

The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act establishes minimum wage, maximum hours and safety and health standards for work on contracts in excess of $10,000 for the manufacturing or furnishing of materials, supplies, articles or equipment to the U.S. government or Washington, D.C.

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