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 this battle as well. In a recent article in Construction Dive, a Contractor in California was made to pay back wages of $250,000 to employees who worked on a project in 2017. The Contractor is facing up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Closer to home, right here in NJ, an Ocean County Contractor plead guilty to falsifying records to cheat workers out of $200,000 by not paying prevailing wages.
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