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2015
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58 Misclassified Plumbers and Pipefitters Awarded Back Wages for U.S. Army Work in Hawaii

This image of the historic Schofield Barracks dates back to 1925

This image of the historic Schofield Barracks dates back to 1925


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A recent federal investigation found that a California-based HVAC subcontractor must pay $99,681 in back wages and penalties to 58 workers who worked on three U.S. Army projects in Hawaii between 2011 and 2013.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Critchfield Pacific Inc. misclassified plumbers and pipefitters as “maintenance workers” in order to pay them less.  The incident occurred at the Schofield Barracks and Kunia job sites on Oahu.

DOL also found that Critchfield Pacific exceeded the allowable ratio of experienced workers to apprentices and failed to pay workers for their time spent at mandatory safety meetings being held before their scheduled work shifts.

Terence Trotter, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Honolulu, said in a statement:

“Federal contractors owe it to taxpayers to comply with all applicable laws, including paying their workers fairly and fully, in accordance with the government contract.  In this case, we appreciate the cooperation by Critchfield Pacific and their endorsement of an action plan that promotes future compliance with relevant labor standards.”

When reached for comment by the Pacific Business News, representatives at Critchfield said the company was now in compliance with all labor laws.  

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