Scroll Top

Singleton Bill to Expand Reporting Requirements for Employers Engaged in Government-Funded Work Clears Committee

TRENTON – Aimed at ensuring all employers and contractors engaged in work for public bodies adhere to New Jersey’s labor laws, the Senate Labor Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton that would broaden requirements for employers and contractors to register with and submit payroll records to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD).

“Employers and contractors that are engaged in work for the government ought to be held to the highest standards, and reporting requirements help ensure that the DOLWD can monitor their adherence to our labor laws,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “Current reporting requirements under the prevailing wage law have enabled the DOLWD to crack down on employers engaged in employee misclassification and wage theft. By expanding those requirements to all employers who conduct work for public bodies we can further prevent the mistreatment of workers and ensure our tax dollars are going towards companies that don’t undermine our state’s laws.”

The bill, S-1403, would require any employer or contractor engaged in work for a public body to register with the DOLWD and submit certified payroll records to both the DOLWD and the public entity with which they are engaged to work. Though current law requires these reporting requirements for employers subject to the state’s prevailing wage law, this bill would expand those requirements to cover employers engaged in work for a public body irrespective of whether or not they are subject to the prevailing wage law.

In expanding reporting requirements to all employers and contractors engaged in work for a public body, reporting requirements would be made consistent across the full range of government-funded projects and programs. Currently, work that is not subject to the prevailing wage law’s reporting requirements have differing requirements depending on program and project, creating administrative difficulties for both employers and public bodies attempting to ensure compliance with labor protections.

The legislation was advanced in a 3-1 vote.