An Act concerning wages paid and training provided by contractors engaged in certain work on public utilities and amending and supplementing P.L.1946, c.38.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 16 of P.L.1946, c.38 (C.34:13B-16) is amended to read as follows:
16. (a) The term "public utility" shall include autobusses; bridge companies; canal companies; electric light, heat and power companies; ferries and steamboats; gas companies; pipeline companies; railroads; sewer companies; steam and water power companies; street railways; telegraph and telephone companies; tunnel companies; water companies.
(b) The term "person" means any individual, firm, copartnership, corporation, company, association, or joint stock association; and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee, or personal representative thereof.
(c) The term "representative" means any person or persons, labor union, organization, or corporation designated either by a utility or group of utilities or by its or their employees to act or do for them.
(d) The term "collective bargaining" shall be understood to embody the philosophy of bargaining by employees through representatives of their own choosing, and shall include the right of representatives of employees' units to be consulted and to bargain upon the exceptional as well as the routine wages, hours, rules, and working conditions.
(e) The term "labor dispute" shall involve any controversy between employer and employees as to hours, wages, and working conditions. The fact that employees have amicable relations with their employers shall not preclude the existence of a dispute among them concerning their representative for collective bargaining purposes.
(f) The term "employee" shall refer to anyone in the service of another, actually engaged in or connected with the operation of any public utility throughout the State.
(g) The term “construction work on a public utility" shall, in connection with the construction of any public utility in the State, mean construction, reconstruction, installation, demolition, restoration, and alteration of facilities of the public utility. The term “construction work on a public utility” shall not be construed to include operational work, including flaggers, snow plowing, vegetation management in and around utility rights of way, mark outs, janitorial services, landscaping, leak surveyors, meter work, and miscellaneous repairs.
C.34:13B-2.1 Construction contractors, employees, OSHA certification, payment of rate for trade, craft; required on public utility work.
2. Any construction contractor contracting with a public utility to engage in construction work on a public utility shall employ on the site only employees who have successfully completed any OSHA-certified safety training required for work to be performed on that site.
Any employee employed by a construction contractor engaged in construction work on a public utility shall be paid the wage rate for their craft or trade as determined by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development pursuant to the provisions of the "New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act," P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.).
A construction contractor who is found by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to be in violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to the provisions of sections 11 and 12 of P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.35 and 34:11-56.36) which apply to an employer for a violation of P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.).
Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to any public utility affiliate not regulated under the provisions of Title 48 of the Revised Statutes.
The Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development shall, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt regulations to effectuate the provisions of this section.
3. This act shall take effect six months after enactment and shall only apply to construction contracts entered into after the effective date of this act.
Approved January 13, 2008.