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Contact Your Legislators Today and Urge a NO Vote on S4207 and A6119

 The New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA) represents 110 member firms throughout the State of NJ.  Our membership represents 100% market share of asphalt production in New Jersey as well as many of the State’s largest and most well-regarded contractors. NJAPA member firms employ approximately 7,500 men and woman at facilities state-wide.  NJAPA has significant concerns with A6119/S4207 and is opposed to passage of this proposed legislation.  Please note:

  • Existing NJ law recognizes the United States Department of Labor as the controlling entity for apprenticeship programs.  This allows consistent standards and consistent enforcement nationwide. 
  • The bill shifts oversight and enforcement on federally registered apprenticeship programs to the New Jersey Department of Labor. We are not certain this is legally permissible and at a minimum we have concerns that NJDOL does not have the resources, experience, or expertise to take on this significant new responsibility.
  • The bill establishes draconian penalties and punishments for what in many cases may be relatively minor clerical or administrative penalties while managing compliance with an extraordinarily complex system of laws for contractor registration, prevailing wage payments and apprenticeship requirements.
  • The legislation takes effect immediately. This does not allow for any educational or outreach effort to alert industry to these potential changes, nor does it provide NJDOL with any timeframe to develop appropriate regulations, required forms or educate their own staff on these requirements.  At a minimum, the bill should provide 9-12 months to prepare for this dramatic shift in enforcement and oversight.
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