State Fines Apple Store Contractors for Lack of Insurance

The Connecticut Department of Labor is fining three out-of-state contractors working at an Apple Store in West Hartford for not having worker's compensation insurance coverage for their employees.

The case has prompted the state agency to inspect other Apple Stores to see if contractors have the required coverage.

Gary Pechie, the agency's director of wage and workplace standards, said the department posted "stop work" posters on Tuesday at the Westfarms Mall store. But Pechie said DOL learned Wednesday from mall security that the contractors "put plywood over our posters and continued to work."

He said each firm on Wednesday was assessed a $1,000-a-day fine for the violation.

A message was left seeking comment with the California-based general contractor, Dickinson Cameron.

Pechie said DOL was meeting with Apple officials on Wednesday.

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