New Jersey gives unions green light to file lawsuits against employers

(The Center Square) — New Jersey has given labor unions the legal authority to file litigation against companies over alleged labor violations despite claims from business groups that it will result in a slew of lawsuits.

The legislation, recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy, will allow unions to represent workers or a third party in wage claim lawsuits against contractors and subcontractors for any debt owed for construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration and maintenance projects.

“Every worker should be properly compensated for the work they undertake – no exceptions,” Murphy said in a statement. “This bill allows unions to take up for those workers without representation seeking wage claims.” 

In a letter to lawmakers, Murphy said enforcing wage and hour laws is a “top priority” for his administration. He argued that allowing unions to sue on behalf of workers will improve labor conditions. 

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