State Department of Labor Halts Work at Belleville High School

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The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has issued stop work orders to contractor HESP Solar LLC, of ​​Montvale, and subcontractor Patriot Iron Works, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, who were working on a project at Belleville High School.

Investigators from NJDOL’s Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance Division delivered the work stoppages Oct. 7 to the two contractors working at 100 Passaic Ave in Belleville. A site inspection led to Patriot Iron Works being cited for non-registration and failure to carry required workers’ compensation insurance, while HESP Solar was cited for hiring an unregistered subcontractor, said the NJDOL.

“There has been a wave of violations in the construction work of our schools,” said Joseph Petrecca, assistant commissioner for the Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance Division. “It is of the utmost importance that schools and municipalities lead by example by ensuring that only those who have been approved through NJDOL’s public works contractor registration process are hired to work on funded projects. by taxpayers.”

NJDOL maintains a register of registered public works contractors who must be consulted by each government agency or entity before hiring for public works work. This can help avoid unnecessary project delays and additional costs for businesses, schools, government entities and taxpayers. The current list contains over 6,000 companies and can be searched by name, address, date of registration and certificate number.

In June, NJDOL, along with its partners in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) and the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), sent a letter reminding local governments and school boards of their responsibilities under the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act, which requires the payment of minimum rates of pay to laborers, artisans, and apprentices employed on public works projects. Construction contractors performing public works must also participate in a USDOL registered apprenticeship program, ensuring that a portion of taxpayer dollars are invested in New Jersey’s future workforce.

In May 2019, Governor Philip D. Murphy signed into law legislation giving NJDOL the authority to immediately stop work on any public or private job site – both construction and non-construction – when an initial investigation finds evidence that an employer has violated the laws of the Statement of wages, benefits, or taxes.

An employer can appeal a stop work order, in which case NJDOL has seven days to schedule a hearing. NJDOL continues to monitor locations where stop work orders have been issued and can impose civil penalties of up to $5,000 per day against an employer conducting activities in violation of the arrangement.

The stop work order may be lifted if and when the remaining back wages and penalties have been paid and all related issues have been resolved.

The Observer has requested comment from the Belleville School District, but we have not yet received a response. We will update this story immediately if and when our posts return.




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