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Hayward Man Sentenced to More Than 8 1/2 Years in Prison on Forced Labor and Illegal Harboring Charges

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OAKLAND – A federal jury convicted Job Torres Hernandez of charges that he obtained forced labor from victims and harbored illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent-in-Charge Ryan L. Spradlin.  The conviction follows a ten day trial before the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.

The evidence at trial demonstrated that since at least May 2015, Torres, 38, of Hayward, Calif., owned construction companies in Northern California at which he employed workers to whom he paid little to …

Joint Membership Meeting on Misclassification & the Underground Construction Economy

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On April 17, 2019 Masonry Contractors of New Jersey and the South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association held a joint member    meeting.  John Connors of SJMCA spoke briefly and introduced the evening’s guest speakers on the topic of Misclassification and the Underground Construction Economy, Carol Ciesielski of Masonry Contractors of NJ and Kevin Triplett of the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development.   Over 50 Members from the two Associations joined the discussion and were given the opportunity to ask questions.   Misclassification and the Underground Construction Economy are ongoing problems in the state of New Jersey.   Other states have been fighting …

We support the CMU Check-Off Resolution

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In October 2018, the US Senate passed the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing authorization for the concrete masonry products industry to develop its own commodity Check-Off program to support industry initiatives.   The CMU Check-Off will fund programs to promote our industry to regain and grow market share. The Masonry Contractors of New Jersey Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the CMU Check-Off Resolution.  Contact NCMA President Robert Thomas (rthomas@ncma.org) directly to support the Resolution.

 

THE VISION of the CMU Check-Off :

Create the future path where concrete masonry is the product of …

Public Works Contractor Agrees to $150,000 in Back Wages

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Public Works Contractor Who Underpaid Employees Agrees to $150K in Back Wages Following Labor Department Probe

As released by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development on April 24, 2019.

TRENTON – An Iselin construction contractor has agreed to pay back wages totaling nearly $150,000 to 13 laborers who claimed they were expected to kick back part of their pay to a crew leader while working on prevailing wage jobs.

Fine Wall Corp. and its principals—Umukant Shah, Mrudula Shah, and Ronak Shah—also agreed to pay $64,699 in penalties and $37,060 in fees, as part of a settlement brokered by …

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records to Cheat Workers Out of $200,000 by Not Paying Prevailing Wages

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Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an Ocean County construction contractor pleaded guilty today to purposely not paying prevailing wages on a government contract valued over $75,000. As part of his criminal activity, the contractor falsified payroll records for the public contract to cover up the fact that he paid most of his employees only a fraction of the wages required under the Prevailing Wage Act, while not paying others at all. It is believed that many of the defendant’s employees were undocumented immigrants and he took advantage of their status.

Albert Chwedczuk, 45, of Toms River, N.J., pleaded …