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State aims to toughen labor wage, tax laws

Plan would hold hiring companies liable

After discovering repeated labor violations at Massachusetts work sites, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration wants to strengthen enforcement against companies that use temporary agencies or outside contractors that flout tax and wage laws.

The state Office of Labor and Workforce Development is considering legislative changes and other remedies to hold companies liable in cases where their contractors are found to be underpaying employees or breaking other wage laws.

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