The New Jersey General Assembly on Monday passed several laws, including protections for temporary workers that Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed last month.
Assembly members approved Murphy’s recommendations for the bill, known as the “Temporary Workers Bill of Rights,” by a vote of 42 to 27 along party lines.
It would require temporary work agencies to provide contracted temporary workers with relevant information such as work location, terms and pay in English and the workers’ primary language, and stipulates that a worker’s salary should not not be less than the state minimum wage, after deductions for meals. and equipment. Temporary work agencies and third-party clients would also be required to register with the Consumer Affairs Division and keep records of workers and their employment.
Failure to do so would result in fines of up to $1,000 per violation.
Murphy also suggested lawmakers allocate $1 million to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to enforce the regulations.
During Monday’s voting session, Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris) claimed the measure would “significantly increase the cost of temporary labor for businesses.”
Sponsors said the legislation would help protect black and Latino workers, who make up a large part of the temporary workforce. According to the Legislative Assembly, more than 127,000 people work for temporary help agencies, many of them in production, transportation, materials moving and manufacturing.
Temporary worker advocacy groups erupted in applause after the bill passed on Monday morning.
The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice announced the move on Twitter.
“The time for this bill to become law is long overdue, and we look forward to the Assembly taking one final step to get us there,” the organization tweeted Monday afternoon.
It is high time this bill becomes law, and we look forward to the Assembly taking one last step to get us there 💪 https://t.co/Ovl1qdkx9U
— NJ Immigrant Justice (@NJAIJ) October 3, 2022
The bill of rights for temporary workers should again be submitted to the Senate for a vote as early as October 17.
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