As part of an announced “new and bold” enforcement effort against public contractors, the New Jersey Department of Labor has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the US Department of Labor to enhance the enforcement capabilities of state and federal labor laws. In the cooperation agreement, the Federal Department Labor and the NJ Department of Labor’s Division of Wage and Hour Compliance, Public Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Unemployment Insurance and Division of Employer Accord (which collects contributions towards SRB benefit funds, will exchange information on their enforcement activities.
The cooperation agreement has already resulted in enforcement actions. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Wage and Hour Compliance Division has publicized the suspension of two public works contractors from doing business in the state. Both cases arose from litigation brought elsewhere and for which the NJDOL then initiated debarment proceedings for prevailing wage violations were settled last month, with each contractor agreeing to a temporary revocation of their registration for violations outside prevailing wage law.