Two construction company executives allegedly stole millions of dollars in public works contracts by stealing the identity of two minority-owned businesses, the AG’s office charged.
According to an indictment that was recently unsealed by the New York State Attorney General’s office, Michael Martin, the president and owner of the now-defunct Eastern Building & Restoration Inc., and D. Scott Henzel, the controller for the company, took advantage of benefits offered to minority-owned businesses and lined their own pockets to buy Harley Davidsons, jetskis and tropical vacations.
As executives at Eastern Building & Restoration, the duo tricked the two minority-owned businesses, Lorice Enterprises inc. and Precision Environmental Solutions Inc., by offering them the opportunity to partner with Eastern, according to the AG’s office.
In reality, Martin and Henzel took over the companies instead and used them to help Eastern qualify for and secure public works contracts that require some of the
The Louisville, Ky., Free Public Library needs its security guards to do more than simply monitor the entrances to its buildings. "They have to respond to medical emergencies, address disruptive behavior and make sure no one is using drugs in the bathrooms or hiding under the stairwells at closing," says Belinda Catman, the library's executive administrator for operations. The toughest part of the job, she says, is dealing with "a diverse population that includes children, elderly, individuals who are homeless, use substances or are mentally ill." Too often, security guards assigned to the library have been unable or unwilling to fulfill key aspects of the job, leading to excessive turnover.
In trying to fix this problem, Catman uncovered a mechanism driving the mismatch: Security guards were not being hired by the library directly. Instead, the library had tacked on to a $6.5 million Facilities Management Department contract with a private
By Chris Marr
Keep up with the various state and local laws that touch on labor, employment, and benefits issues with this “States of Work” roundup. Bloomberg Law’s correspondents bring you a select taste of what’s going on throughout the country.Hawaii Salary History Ban
Hawaii became the latest state to bar employers from requiring job candidates to share their salary history. Gov. David Ige (D) signed S.B. 2351 into law on July 6, and it takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. The measure also bans employers from requiring workers to keep quiet about their pay and from retaliating against workers who discuss salary with colleagues.
The law mirrors similar bans enacted in California, Massachusetts, New York City, and Chicago--and one partially blocked by a federal judge in Pennsylvania. The bans are aimed at combatting the wage gap between white male workers and their female and minority colleagues. Some large corporations