2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1A-1.12 - Commissioner's actions relative to employer violations.


NJ Rev Stat § 34:1A-1.12 (2013) What's This?

34:1A-1.12 Commissioner's actions relative to employer violations.

2. a. If the commissioner determines that an employer has failed, for one or more of its employees, to maintain and report every record regarding wages, benefits and taxes which the employer is required to maintain and report pursuant to State wage, benefit and tax laws, as defined in section 1 of this act, and has, in connection with that failure to maintain or report the records, failed to pay wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions or assessments as required by those laws, the commissioner shall, as an alternative to, or in addition to, any other actions taken in the enforcement of those laws, notify the employer of the determination and have an audit of the employer and any successor firm of the employer conducted not more than 12 months after the determination.

b.If, in an audit conducted pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the commissioner determines that the employer or any successor firm to the employer has continued in its failure to maintain or report records as required by those laws and continued in its failure to pay wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions or assessments as required by those laws, the commissioner:

(1)May, after affording the employer or successor firm notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), issue a written determination directing any appropriate agency to suspend any one or more licenses that are held by the employer or successor firm, for a period of time determined by the commissioner. In determining the length of a suspension, the commissioner shall consider any of the following factors which are relevant:

(a)The number of employees for which the employer or successor firm failed to maintain or report required records and pay required wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions or assessments;

(b)The total amount of wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions or assessments not paid by the employer or successor firm;

(c)Any other harm resulting from the violation;

(d)Whether the employer or successor firm made good faith efforts to comply with any applicable requirements;

(e)The duration of the violation;

(f)The role of the directors, officers or principals of the employer or successor firm in the violation;

(g)Any prior misconduct by the employer or successor firm; and

(h)Any other factors the commissioner considers relevant; and

(2)Shall conduct a subsequent audit or inspection of the employer or any successor firm of the employer not more than 12 months after the date of the commissioner's written determination.

c.If, in the subsequent audit or inspection conducted pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the commissioner determines that the employer or successor firm has continued in its failure to maintain or report records as required pursuant to State wage, benefit and tax laws, as defined in section 1 of this act, and continued in its failure to pay wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions or assessments as required by those laws, the commissioner, after affording the employer or successor firm notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall issue a written determination directing any appropriate agency to permanently revoke any one or more licenses that are held by the employer or any successor firm to the employer and that are necessary to operate the employer or successor firm.

d.Upon receipt of any written determination of the commissioner directing an agency to suspend or revoke a license pursuant to this section, and notwithstanding any other law, the agency shall immediately suspend or revoke the license.

e.In instances where an employee leasing company has entered into an employee leasing agreement with a client company pursuant to P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-67 et seq.), any written determination by the commissioner directing agencies to suspend an employer license pursuant to subsection b. of this section, or revoke an employer license pursuant to subsection c. of this section, for a failure or continued failure to keep records regarding, and to pay, wages, benefits and taxes pursuant to State wage, benefit and tax laws, shall be for the suspension or revocation of the licenses of the client company and not the licenses of the employee leasing company if the commissioner determines that the failure or continued failure was caused by incomplete, inaccurate, misleading, or false information provided to the employee leasing company by the client company. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as diminishing or limiting the authority or obligation of the commissioner to rescind the registration of an employee leasing company pursuant to the provisions of section 10 of P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-76).

L.2009, c.194, s.2.


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