This page will detail where to file a Hotline complaint for integrity violations and wage and hour violations.
For integrity complaints that include: over inflating numbers to increase OBS (on board strength) non-compliance with leaves, attendance, and CTT completions etc. contact the Office of the Inspector General. They take every complaint seriously and will investigate.
“The OIG operates a hotline to receive and process allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse concerning DOL grants, contracts, programs and operations. The OIG also addresses allegations of criminal activity and serious misconduct involving DOL employees. Moreover the OIG has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of labor racketeering and organized crime influence in the workplace, including the misuse of union benefit plan assets or power, labor-management relations, and internal union affairs.” http://www.oig.dol.gov/hotlinemain.htm
When I filed my complaint, I naively thought the OIG would get back to me within about two weeks. I since found out they are responsible for auditing many things and not just Job Cops Centers. I believe it took about 5 – 6 weeks after filing my complaint until I actually received an Email from OIG. I don’t know if this is a normal time frame or not. I’m simply relating how long it took to actually speak to an investigator after the complaint was filed. However, I believe I did receive an Email acknowledgement stating that my complaint was received.
The investigators absolutely will not reveal your name or identity to your Job Corps Center. I told the investigator I did not care if my identity was revealed. I know for a fact he never verified it was me who filed the complaint.
For complaints about Wages and Hours for Hourly Employees only contact:
For violations of Wage and hour Laws for salaried workers; Massachusetts has a mandate that salaried employees must have a thirty minute break after a period of six consecutive hours. There are strict provisions for disallowing one to sit at a desk to answer phones during your break, or other similar duties. “Lunch breaks” do not have anything to do with food. A mandated “lunch break” in Massachusetts means you must be free to move about where you choose.
This mandate will not be enforced by the DOL as, they do not have jurisdiction. It is enforced by your State Attorney General’s office, Wage and Hour Division.
Also, Massachusetts Law is very particular about “partial day absences for salaried employees.” If you are salaried you are not required to use vacation time for having to leave a few hours hourly to attend a PTO meeting for your child. The law is very complex and it involves whether you are salaried, exempt, or just salaried. Here is the link for the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office. Sometimes calling on the phone will not get you the correct information however, (I was told that because I salaried I was not eligible for the thirty minute break rule.) However, I do not supervise staff so the 30-minute break rule would, in fact apply to me.
NOT ALL STATES HAVE A MANDATED 30-MINUTE BREAK RULE AFTER 6 CONSECUTIVE HOURS. YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK CAREFULLY WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN YOUR OWN STATE!