2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:6-160 - Apparel production in compliance with certain requirements.
34:6-160 Apparel production in compliance with certain requirements.
3.When purchasing or otherwise obtaining apparel from a vendor, including approving a vendor for participation in allowance or voucher programs, a public body shall require that all apparel production is in compliance with each of the following requirements, except in the case of a requirement that is adjudicated to be unenforceable because of preemption by federal law:
a.All apparel production under the contract shall be performed in the United States, except in cases in which the commissioner determines that it is not possible for the public body to obtain apparel produced in the United States which meets the necessary requirements of the public body;
b.Apparel production workers employed to produce the apparel shall be provided a work environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex and sexual preference;
c.Apparel production workers employed to produce the apparel shall be provided non-poverty compensation at an hourly rate determined by the commissioner to be not less than the poverty line for a family of three, based on 40 hours of work a week for 50 weeks a year;
d.Apparel production workers employed to produce the apparel shall not be terminated except for just-cause and vendors and their contractors and sub-contractors shall provide a mechanism to resolve all disputes with apparel production workers;
e.Vendors and their contractors and sub-contractors shall adapt a neutrality position with respect to attempts to organize by their employees, and agree to voluntarily recognize a union when a majority of workers have signed cards authorizing union representation;
f.The facilities where the apparel production occurs shall be open to inspection by the commissioner, the board, or any political subdivision of this State, any other state or other governmental or intergovernmental unit with which the commissioner or the board cooperates or by any appropriate consortia in which the board or the commissioner participates pursuant to section 5 of this act; and
g.No contractor or sub-contractor involved in the providing or production of apparel has a pattern or practice of violation of legal employment protections, including laws and regulations governing wages and hours, discrimination, occupational safety and health, child labor, industrial homework, workers' compensation, and occupational safety and health.
Every apparel contract and bid application shall contain a provision or provisions detailing the requirements of this act, and compliance with this act shall be made a binding part of all apparel contracts.
L.2009, c.247, s.3.
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