2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:11A-5 - Withholding of fringe benefit funds
34:11A-5. Withholding of fringe benefit funds
a. Upon receipt of the notice required by paragraph (2) of subsection a. of section 4 of this act or subsection b. of section 4 of this act, a private or public project owner shall withhold from the sums otherwise due the prime contractor, a sum equal to the amount claimed due by the fringe benefit fund and any further sums subsequently demanded by the fringe benefit fund arising out of work performed at the private or public project, which sums shall be segregated from the construction fund and held in trust by the private or public project owner or deposited with the clerk of the Superior Court and paid to the fringe benefit fund claiming the delinquency.
b. The amount withheld or deposited by the private or public project owner shall not exceed the amount due and owing from that owner to the prime contractor at the time notice is received by the owner.
c. The extent to which notice for a subcontractor delinquency shall create liability upon the owner shall be limited to the amount due and owing, at the time notice is received, by the owner to the prime contractor, or by the prime contractor to the delinquent subcontractor or by the subcontractor who is in privity with the delinquent subcontractor, whichever is less.
d. Payment by the private or public project owner to the fringe benefit fund shall be made within 45 days of such demand, unless and only to the extent that the subcontractor or prime contractor against whom such delinquency claim has been asserted notifies the owner and the fringe benefit fund in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, prior to the expiration of the 45 day period that it contests the claim of the fringe benefit fund. Whenever a notice of contest has been sent by the claimed delinquent construction employer, the private or public project owner shall hold a sum in the amount claimed due by the fringe benefit fund as trustee and payment therefrom shall be made upon the entry of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction or upon receipt of the consent of all of the parties.
L. 1987, c. 150, s. 5.
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