State issues stop order at NJ elementary school; inspection found 2 contractors were noncompliant
Construction workers were told
to stop work at John Faber Elementary School in Dunellen as the result of a
state inspection at the site.
The stop order came from the New
Jersey Department of Workforce and Labor. An inspection found two
contractors violated laws.
Work was stopped on building four
additional classrooms in the rear of the building. The Division
of Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance conducted a site inspection
on Sept. 28 and delivered the stop-work notices on Sept. 29 to the two
contractors working at the school.
Bismark Construction Corp. was
cited for hiring an unregistered subcontractor, while Concrete Solutions N.J.
L.L.C. was cited for failure to register. Subpoenas have been issued to both
companies to produce time and payroll records.
Back in 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law allowing the NJDOL to
immediately stop work at any public or private work site when an initial
investigation finds evidence that the employer has violated any state wage,
benefit or tax laws.
In an attached statement, a representative of the Division of Wage
and Hour and Contract Compliance says, “In recent years, NJDOL has identified
an alarming trend of unregistered contractors and worker exploitation at school
News 12 reached out to the two contractors cited. The owner of
Concrete Solutions says this is likely a paperwork error and that they
would be able to provide more information following a hearing in the
The contractors can appeal, and the stop work order may be lifted
if and when the two contractors are compliant and any back wages