By: Matt Fair
Christopher Carusone spoke with Law360 about the Goodco and Hawbaker cases and the growing threat of the criminal enforcement of state labor laws by newly aggressive prosecutors. In the article, Chris states that the recent criminal charges represent an “absolutely a more activist approach” than anything the office had done in labor enforcement.
Law360 (April 27, 2021, 8:01 PM EDT) — A nearly two-year prison sentence handed down Monday in a largely unprecedented case over a Pennsylvania contractor’s failure to pay some $65,000 in prevailing wages highlights what attorneys say is the growing threat of the criminal enforcement of state labor laws by newly aggressive prosecutors.
While traditionally seen as matters reserved for civil enforcement, alleged violations of state labor laws have been increasingly drawing the ire of Attorney General Josh Shapiro and local prosecutors who see them as predicates to file criminal charges against companies and their executives.