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Beware of Temporary Hiring Agencies - (4/18/2012)

The number of temporary hiring agencies in the construction industry has been on the rise in the state. It’s important to note that temporary hiring agencies are not plumbing contractors and do not engage in the trade of plumbing.

According to M.G.L. Ch. 142, a plumbing corporation must have a master licensed plumber as an officer, or a partnership must have a master licensed plumber, or a sole proprietor must be a plumber with a masters license if they intend to hire licensed plumbers. They can also hire apprentice plumbers who must be in an approved training program and registered with the Board of Plumbers and Gasfitters.

The master plumber is directly responsible to sign off on the hours worked for the plumbing board. This allows the apprentice to be credited with documented work hours so he or she can eventually take the journeymen plumber test. When hired by a temporary hiring agency and assigned to a plumbing contractor, however, the contractor’s master plumber is not responsible for the hours because the apprentice is an employee of the agency. A master plumber can only sign for hours worked
under his direct employment.

This is critical because the board would not recognize any of the hours worked on jobs arranged through hiring agencies, and apprentice plumbers would jeopardize their ability to take the journeymen license test. Do not fall into this trap. If you are an apprentice working for a temporary hiring agency, please contact us immediately at 617-288-6200, X142 or email us at info@Local12Boston.org.

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