2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:6-136.19 - Penalties
19. Penalties. Any employer or person who: (1) Directly or indirectly in any way, distributes, delivers or causes to be distributed or delivered, or sells or causes to be sold, articles or materials for industrial home work in violation of any provision of this act or of any rule, regulation or order issued thereunder; or (2) Violates or fails to comply with any provision of this act or any rule, regulation or order issued thereunder; or (3) Does not possess a valid employer's permit issued by the commissioner pursuant to section 7 of this act or fails to comply with any provision or condition of that permit; or (4) Refuses to allow the commissioner or his authorized representative to enter his place of business or other place for the purpose of investigating in the enforcement of this act, and of inspecting any records required to be kept by section 10 of this act; or (5) Willfully makes a false statement or representation in order to lower the amount of fees due from him under this act; or (6) Makes any deduction from the wages or salary of a home worker in order to pay any portion of a payment which the employer or person is required to make by this act; shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and, upon conviction for a violation, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. If an employer or person knowingly violates this act or if an employer or person commits a second violation or multiple violation of this act, that employer or person shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. Each day a violation is continued and each home worker engaged in industrial home work directly or indirectly for or in behalf of the employer or person in violation of any provision of this act or any rule, regulation or order issued thereunder shall be considered a separate offense.
As an alternative to or in addition to any other sanctions provided by law for violations of any provision of Article 12 of chapter 6 of Title 34 of the Revised Statutes when the Commissioner of Labor finds that an employer has violated that article, the commissioner is authorized to assess and collect administrative penalties, up to a maximum of $250 for a first violation and up to a maximum of $500 for each subsequent violation, specified in a schedule of penalties to be promulgated as a rule or regulation by the commissioner in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.). When determining the amount of the penalty imposed because of a violation, the commissioner shall consider factors which include the history of previous violations by the employer, the seriousness of the violation, the good faith of the employer and the size of the employer's business. No administrative penalty shall be levied pursuant to this section unless the Commissioner of Labor provides the alleged violator with notification of the violation and of the amount of the penalty by certified mail and an opportunity to request a hearing before the commissioner or his designee within 15 days following the receipt of the notice. If a hearing is requested, the commissioner shall issue a final order upon such hearing and a finding that a violation has occurred. If no hearing is requested, the notice shall become a final order upon expiration of the 15-day period. Payment of the penalty is due when a final order is issued or when the notice becomes a final order. Any penalty imposed pursuant to this section may be recovered with costs in a summary proceeding commenced by the commissioner pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.). Any sum collected as a fine or penalty pursuant to this section shall be applied toward enforcement and administration costs of the Division of Workplace Standards in the Department of Labor.
L.1941,s.308,s.19; amended 1989,c.161; 1991,c.205,s.15.
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