TRENTON, N.J. –The Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A2478/S62) Monday, sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space, to require all contractors who must pay their workers prevailing wage to register with the Department of Labor.
“It’s important that the Department of Labor is aware of all contractors who hold public contracts to ensure they are following all the appropriate laws,” said Space.
Currently, contractors are only required to register under the Public Works Contractor Registration Act if they enter into public works contracts subject to the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act, which establishes minimum rates of pay for certain laborers. Contractors doing work under the Economic Development Authority Act are also required to pay the prevailing wage even though they are not subject to the Prevailing Wage Act and do not have to register with the Department of Labor.
Under this bill, all contractors who are required by law to pay the prevailing wage will need to register with the Department of Labor.
Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Sussex) is also cosponsor of the bill. S62 passed the Senate in June 2018 and Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) is a sponsor.