Officials have stated that a construction business based in Perth Amboy that was working on two school building contracts in Rahway was fined more than $40,000 in fines and penalties as a result of it being penalized for various wage breaches.
It was disclosed on Friday by the New Jersey Department of Labor that investigators from the Division of Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance of the Department of Labor had sent stop-work notices to Marcal Construction the previous month.
At the time in question, the contractor was in the process of reconstructing the staircases and ramps at both Roosevelt Elementary School and Franklin Elementary School.
According to the authorities, the business was issued multiple citations for wage infractions, including failing to pay the prevailing wage, having erroneous certified payroll, underpaid wages/late payment, failing to correctly classify employees, and improperly classifying construction workers.
It was determined that Marcal owed roughly $26,000 in past wages between the two different work locations.
According to Joseph Petrecca, assistant commissioner of the Division of Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance, “School construction and improvement projects are an investment of taxpayer dollars, and we’re working to ensure that only honest and trustworthy employers benefit from those funds.”
“School construction and improvement projects are an investment of taxpayer dollars.” “Executing labor for the public sector is not a right but rather a luxury, and like any privilege, it must be earned.”
According to the officials, the Department of Transportation monitors the places where stop-work orders are issued and has the authority to impose additional penalties on anyone responsible for violating the order.
If all of the outstanding back pay and penalties have been paid, as well as any other difficulties that are connected to this matter, the order may be released.
If Marcal chooses to exercise his right to challenge a stop-work order, the department will have one week to set up a hearing after receiving the appeal.