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NJDOL Cites PA Subcontractor for Wage Violations on NJ Public Works Project

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TRENTON – A New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) investigation found that Bensalem-based subcontractor Men of Steel was in violation of New Jersey prevailing wage and worker misclassification laws while fabricating custom parts for a public works project.

The investigation resulted from a complaint alleging that custom fabrication work performed at Men of Steel’s New Jersey location was subject to the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act. Men of Steel was hired by general contractor Railroad Posillico JV LLC of Paterson to build reinforcing steel cages for a Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission project in Newark.

As of March …

NJDOL, Treasury Raid Worksite in First Joint-Enforcement Action to Combat Worker Misclassification

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TRENTON – A team of more than 60 investigators from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) and the Department of the Treasury, supported by other state agencies, conducted an unannounced investigation of a construction site at 88 Regent Street in Jersey City in response to allegations of worker misclassification. Within weeks of Governor Murphy signing new legislation to bolster the state’s already strong misclassification laws, the Department of Labor’s Divisions of Wage and Hour Compliance, and Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health joined staff from the Department of the Treasury’s Division of Taxation on…

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Protect New Jersey Workers, Employers From Unlawful Misclassification

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TRENTON – Building on his commitment to making sure that workers and employers in New Jersey are treated fairly, Governor Phil Murphy today signed a four-bill legislative package furthering state efforts to stop employee misclassification.  Misclassification is the practice of illegally and improperly classifying employees as independent contractors. This practice deprives workers of the right to earn minimum wage and overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment, earned sick leave, job-protected family leave, temporary disability, and equal pay, and leaves them unprotected against discrimination. It also hurts the vast majority of employers who play by the rules, by putting them at a competitive…

NJDOL Issues Stop Work Order: Company to Halt Current & Future Projects

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NJDOL Issues Stop-Work Order Against Construction Contractor, Halting All Current and Future Work TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has issued a company-wide stop-work order to Cunha’s Construction Inc. and owner Nuno Cunha based on repeated and ongoing violations of state wage and hour laws. This is the first time the NJDOL has used its authority to pause all work by a single entity rather than on a per project basis.Newark-based Cunha’s Construction Inc. was ordered to halt work at current and future projects for the duration of the order, which will remain in…

NJDOL Issues Stop Work Order for Alleged Violations in Keansburg

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Stop-Work Order Issued to South River Contractor for Violations at Keansburg Job Site

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) issued a stop-work order to Galo Contractors Group, LLC, on March 9 for six alleged violations at a worksite in Keansburg.

Galo Contractors Group, headquartered in South River, was working on a project at Keansburg Boardwalk West when the NJDOL performed site inspections on March 4 and March 5, during which time workers reported the alleged violations.

Violations reported during the inspections included misclassifying workers as independent contractors, hindering the investigation, and failure to register …

Pennsylvania Contractor Steals $20 Million from Employees

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Pennsylvania Charges Contractor With $20-Million Prevailing Wage Violation

As part of a state crackdown on prevailing wage theft and worker misclassification, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has charged Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a longtime state Dept. of Transportation contractor with four counts of theft for allegedly diverting $20 million from hourly craft worker pensions from 2015 to 2018 to profitsharing funds for other employees and top managers of the company.

An April 8 criminal indictment accuses the State College, Pa.-based contractor of misrepresenting amounts it paid workers for fringe benefits, which were higher and would count toward meeting prevailing wages …