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April 2017 Archives

Government Construction Projects & Prevailing Wage Fraud

Each year, the federal government and state governments spend billions of dollars on a numerous construction projects. These projects range from highways and bridges to government office buildings and federally subsidized housing. It should come as no surprise that these government construction programs have been a frequent target for fraud. The federal government's False Claims Act is a law that provides financial rewards to individuals who file false claim suits on behalf of the government against individuals and entities which defraud the federal government. There are currently 31 states that have their own false claims acts, which also allows private citizens to bring suit against individuals and entities which defraud the state. On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 ("FERA"). FERA amended the federal False Claims Act by significantly expanding the circumstances in which contractors and subcontractors may be liable for false claims. Under FERA, liability under the federal False Claims Act is extended to claims under any contract or grant that is funded or partially funded by the federal government. Prevailing wage fraud is sometimes a mechanism by which the government is defrauded.

An Overview of the OSHA Whistleblower Law

The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC, represents employees in a variety of situations, and we have acted as whistleblower, retaliation, discrimination and work sexual harassment attorneys in Camden County and nearby areas. One situation that employees sometimes face is working in an unsafe environment, and fear of reprisal if they complain about their unsafe workplace. Employees have a right to feel safe at their workplace, and one institution that enforces safety measures for employees is OSHA.

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