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  • PDF file link April 2018 (462 KB PDF)
    Working at a construction site? L&I might surprise you - 2017 surprise sweeps: By the numbers - Unregistered contractor must repay Mill Creek homeowners - Landscaper with history of illegal contracting faces charges - Elizabeth Smith promoted to L&I deputy director - Record number of registered contractors.
  • PDF file link November 2017 (464 KB PDF)
    Education, then penalties for prevailing wage violators - Prevailing wage training available free to contractors - Bonney Lake firm pays back wages, faces debarment - L&I cites company for shorting workers more than $155,000 - L&I bars Bellevue firm from bidding on public projects - Tri-Cities contractor faces felony charges in consumer scam - Repeat violator pleads guilty to theft and illegal contracting.
  • PDF file link September 2017 (277 KB PDF)
    Fight against underground economy goes to consumers - I-1433 mandate: Provide paid sick leave starting in 2018 - Jail for repeat unregistered contractor in Mason County - Contractor violates probation, gets 45 days confinement.
  • PDF file link April 2017 (339 KB PDF)
    More registered contractors, more L&I enforcement - Drywall taper caught using fake names for workers’ comp - DTU Who? Detecting and tracking down illegal contractors - Keep up on L&I contractor, licensing news and more.
  • PDF file link September 2016 (261 KB PDF)
    Plumbers: Show off your badge to fight unqualified plumbers—Sweeps surprise illegal contractors, unlicensed plumbers—Shoreline company pays $171,000 fine for improperly supervising electrical training—Roofer charged with unregistered contracting – again—Learn how to save money at free contractor workshops.
  • PDF file link May 2016 (247 KB PDF)
    It’s that time again: Sweeping for unregistered contractors—Pilot project aims to crack down on L&I’s worst violators—Fraud blotter: Victimizing elders in the construction underground economy.
  • PDF file link January 2016 (303 KB PDF)
    Tougher, more consistent sanctions in the works to stop unregistered contracting—New service answers workers' comp coverage questions—Fraud blotter: New criminal charges, latest sentencing in construction underground economy—Urging wildfire victims to hire registered contractors.
  • PDF file link September 2015 (270 KB PDF)
    L&I joins national sting to stop illegal construction—Sweeping up unregistered contractors—Fraud blotter: Unregistered contractors charged, sentenced.
  • PDF file link March 2015 (327 KB PDF)
    2014 Annual Fraud Report—Inspectors check more contractors—Underground economy dominates infractions—Employers without workers comp accounts—Discovering unlicensed electrical contractors—Marketing and website target homeowners.
  • PDF file link October 2014 (422 KB PDF)
    Fraud blotter—Whatcom County Jail contractor pays back wages—Protect My Home campaign moves to YouTube and Hulu—Paper credits L&I for chasing contractors who cheat workers—Free L&I workshops for contractors.
  • PDF file August 2014 (387 KB PDF)
    Jail for unregistered Seattle contractor—A sweeping update on catching unregistered contractors—Criminal referrals, prosecutions on the rise—Stay up to date on fraud, job safety and more—Statewide campaign urges public to report fraud.
  • PDF file May 2014 (394 KB PDF)
    Surprise sweeps snaring unregistered contractors—Advisory group helps L&I fight underground economy—Of Mariners, Mike Holmes and ProtectMyHome.net—Sunny days signal start of paving scam season—Marketing business cards.
  • PDF file January 2014 (282 KB PDF)
    2013 in review—Fraud blotter—Weekend work snags violators—Construction Underground Economy Advisory Committee.
  • PDF file October 2013 (241 KB PDF)
    Construction Underground Economy Advisory Committee (CUEAC) update—Educating consumers across the state—Sweeping up violators on the weekends—Fraud blotter—Prevailing Wage job-site referrals.
  • PDF file August 2013 (233 KB PDF)
    Construction Underground Economy Advisory Committee—Independent Contractor Guide update—Paving scams return to the Pacific Northwest—See something, say something—Trust but verify.
  • PDF file April 2013 (265 KB PDF)
    Combating the underground economy in construction—ProtectMyHome partners with Holmes on Homes—Debarred contractor and violations update—Fraud blotter—Standard work for auditors.
  • PDF file January 2013 (68 KB PDF)
    Searching for unregistered contractors—2012 Annual Fraud Report
    Fraud blotter—New ProtectMyHome consumer campaign starting—Auditing the right employers.


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