2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Chapter 20
Section 34:20-7 - Suspension of contractor's registration; notification, hearing, appeal; stop-work order, civil penalty for continued violation.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 34:20-7 (2018)

Section: 34:20-7: Suspension of contractor's registration; notification, hearing, appeal; stop-work order, civil penalty for continued violation.


7. a. If the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development determines, after investigation, that an employer failed to properly classify an individual as an employee in accordance with section 4 of this act, the commissioner may order the immediate suspension of a contractor's registration issued pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1999, c.238 (C.34:11-56.54), if the commissioner also determines that ordering an immediate suspension is in the public interest, and provided that the contractor is afforded an opportunity to contest the immediate suspension in the following manner:

(1) The commissioner shall notify the contractor in writing of the immediate revocation and the contractor's rights under this subsection.

(2) The contractor may notify the commissioner of its request for an opportunity to be heard and contest the immediate suspension in writing within 72 hours of its receipt of immediate suspension notification.

(3) Within seven business days of receipt of the notification from the contractor pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the commissioner shall grant the contractor a hearing to contest the immediate suspension. The commissioner shall permit the contractor to present evidence at the hearing.

(4) The commissioner shall issue a written decision within five business days of the hearing either upholding or reversing the contractor's immediate suspension. The decision shall include the grounds for upholding or reversing the contractor's immediate suspension.

(5) If the contractor disagrees with the written decision, the contractor may appeal the decision to the commissioner, in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

b. If the commissioner orders the immediate suspension of a contractor's registration pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the violation shall have no effect on the registration of any contractor or subcontractor, regardless of tier, in the contractual chain with the suspended contractor.

c. For a second violation of the provisions of this act, the commissioner shall issue a stop-work order requiring the cessation of all business operations at every site at which the violation occurred within 72 hours of that determination. The order shall take effect when served upon the employer, or, for a particular employer worksite, when served at that worksite. The order shall remain in effect until the commissioner issues an order releasing the stop-work order upon finding that the employer has properly classified the individual as an employee and has paid any penalty assessed under this section. As a condition of release from a stop-work order, the commissioner may require an employer who is found to have failed to properly classify an individual as an employee to file with the department periodic reports for a probationary period that shall not exceed two years that demonstrate the employer's continued compliance with this section. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations to determine filing times and report requirements.

d. For a third or any subsequent violation of the provisions of this act, the commissioner shall issue a stop-work order requiring the cessation of all business operations of the violator within 72 hours of that determination. The order shall take effect when served upon the employer. The order shall remain in effect until the commissioner issues an order releasing the stop-work order upon finding that the employer has properly classified the individual as an employee and has paid any penalty assessed under this section. As a condition of release from a stop-work order, the commissioner may require an employer who is found to have failed to properly classify an individual as an employee, to file with the department periodic reports for a probationary period that shall not exceed two years that demonstrate the employer's continued compliance with this section. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations to determine filing times and report requirements.

e. Stop-work orders and penalty assessment orders issued pursuant to this section against an employer shall be in effect against any successor corporation or business entity that has one or more of the same principals or officers as the employer against whom the stop-work order was issued and which is engaged in the same or equivalent trade or activity.

f. The commissioner may assess a civil penalty of $5,000 per day against an employer for each day that it conducts business operations that are in violation of a stop-work order issued pursuant to this section.

g. In addition to any other penalties provided for in this section, the commissioner may assess against an employer a civil penalty of $5,000 for each individual who the employer failed to properly classify as an employee.

h. If the employer denies that a failure to properly classify an employee has occurred, the employer shall have the right to apply to the commissioner to request a hearing, which shall be afforded and a decision rendered within 48 hours of the request for the hearing.

i. The penalty shall be collected by the commissioner in a summary proceeding in accordance with the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

L.2007, c.114, s.7.

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