2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:11-4.8 - Dispute over amount of wages
34:11-4.8. Dispute over amount of wages
a. In case of a dispute over the amount of wages, the employer shall pay, without condition and within the time set by this act, all wages, or parts thereof, conceded by him to be due, leaving to the employee all remedies to which he might otherwise be entitled, including those provided under this act, as to any balance claimed.
b. The acceptance by an employee of a payment under this section shall not constitute a release as to the balance of his claim and any release required by an employer as a condition to payment shall be in violation of this act and shall be null and void.
L.1965, c. 173, s. 8.
34:11-4.9 Duties of commissioner.
9. a. The commissioner shall enforce and administer the provisions of this act and the commissioner or his authorized representatives are empowered to investigate charges of violations of this act.
b.The commissioner or his authorized representatives are empowered to enter and inspect such places, question such employees and investigate such facts, conditions or matters as they may deem appropriate to determine whether any person has violated any provision of this act or any rule or regulation issued hereunder or which may aid in the enforcement of the provisions of this act.
c.The commissioner or his authorized representatives shall have power to administer oaths and examine witnesses under oath, issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of papers, books, accounts, records, payrolls, documents, and testimony, and to take depositions and affidavits in any proceeding before the commissioner.
d.If a person fails to comply with any subpoena lawfully issued, or on the refusal of any witness to testify to any matter regarding which he may be lawfully interrogated, it shall be the duty of the Superior Court, on application by the commissioner, to compel obedience by proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from such court or a refusal to testify therein.
e.The commissioner is authorized to supervise the payment of amounts due to employees pursuant to Article 1 of chapter 11 of Title 34 of the Revised Statutes, and the employer may be required to make these payments to the commissioner to be held in a special account in trust for the employees, and paid on order of the commissioner directly to the employee or employees affected. The employer shall also pay the commissioner an administrative fee equal to not less than 10% or more than 25% of any payment made to the commissioner pursuant to this section. The amount of the administrative fee shall be specified in a schedule of fees to be promulgated by rule or regulation of the commissioner in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.). The fee shall be applied to enforcement and administration costs of the Division of Workplace Standards in the Department of Labor.
f.The commissioner or his designee is authorized to enter into a reciprocal agreement with the labor department or other corresponding agency of any other state or with a person or body authorized to act on behalf of that agency, for the collection of claims and judgments for wages, administrative fees or penalties based on claims arising in each others' states.
To the extent provided for by the laws of the other state or by any reciprocal agreement entered into with an agency of the other state as provided in this subsection, the commissioner or his designee may: (1) maintain actions in the courts of the other state for the collection of claims and judgments for wages, administrative fees and penalties; and (2) assign the claims and judgments to the agency in the other state for collection.
Upon the written consent of the agency in the other state, or the person or body authorized to act on behalf of that agency, the commissioner or his designee may maintain actions in the courts of this State upon assigned claims and judgments for wages, administrative fees and penalties arising in the other state in the same manner and to the same extent that such actions by the commissioner or his designees are authorized when arising in this State, but only if the other state extends, by law or agreement, a like comity to cases arising in this State.
L.1965,c.173,s.9; amended 1991, c.91, s.353; 1991, c.205, s.2; 2000, c.14.
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