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1. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law or regulation to the contrary, upon entering into any public works contract in excess of $1,000,000 which is funded, in whole or in part, by funds of a public body, or any public works contract of any size which is funded, in whole or in part, by funds provided to the public body pursuant to the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," Pub.L.111-5, the public body entering into the contract shall transfer an amount equal to one half of one percent (0.5%) of the portion of the contract amount funded by funds of the public body, or provided to the public body pursuant to the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," Pub.L.111-5, to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, except that any Statewide authority which enters into the contract and administers a program which meets the requirements of this section may retain all or a portion of the 0.5% share of the funds under the contract as is necessary for the operation of the program, but shall transfer to the department any portion of the funds not necessary for the program, and except that funds shall not be transferred or retained pursuant to this section if the transfer or retaining of the funds is contrary to any federal requirement and may result in the loss of federal funds. For a project in which federal and State funds are combined, the entire amount may be transferred or retained from the State portion of the funds if doing so is necessary to prevent any loss of federal funds.
b. The department or authority shall use the transferred or retained funds to provide on-the-job or off-the-job outreach and training programs for minority group members and women in construction trade occupations or other occupations, including engineering and management occupations, utilized in the performance of public works contracts. The programs funded pursuant to this subsection, shall include, but not be limited to, programs preparing minority group members and women for admission into registered apprenticeships with opportunities for long-term employment in construction trades providing economic self-sufficiency for the minority group members and women, with priority given, with respect to the funds from a contract used for apprenticeship programs or apprenticeship-related programs, to trades utilized in that contract, and shall include programs providing supportive services to help facilitate successful completion of any apprenticeship or other training assisted pursuant to this section. The department or authority shall use funds transferred or retained pursuant to this section to provide grants to implement such programs to consortia which include those community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, labor organizations, employers, contractors and trade organizations, institutions of higher education, and schools and other local public agencies which the department or authority determines are best able to facilitate entry and success of minority group members and women into training and long-term trade and professional employment in the construction industry, and may use a portion of the funds for initiatives to prepare minority group members and women for registered apprenticeship programs and related post-secondary education, such as grants to consortia provided pursuant to the "Youth Transitions to Work Partnership Act," P.L.1993, c. 268 (C.34:15E-1 et seq.), and for initiatives, such as those of the NJ PLACE program established pursuant to P.L.2009, c.200 (C.34:15D-24 et al.), to facilitate the coordination and articulation of registered apprenticeship programs with degree programs in institutions of higher education, including initiatives to articulate programs in a manner which may assist in providing transitions from trade occupations to professional occupations utilized in the construction industry. The department or authority shall seek agreements and commitments from grant participants to provide long-term employment to successful applicants and trainees where possible. The department or authority shall be reimbursed from the transferred or retained funds for any reasonable and necessary costs incurred by the department or authority in administering those programs.
c. The Department of the Treasury, and the Division of Contract Compliance and Equal Employment Opportunities in Public Contracts in that department, shall provide, and make available to the public on the Internet, an annual report, not later than December 31 of 2010 and each year after that year, which shall list all public works contracts subject to this act and report, for each public works contract, the percentage and amount of funds withheld and provided to programs funded pursuant to this section and the numbers and percentages of apprentices and other workers under each contract who are of minority group members and women. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development shall, not later than December 31 of 2010 and each year after that year, provide an annual report, which shall also be made available to the public on the Internet, on all of the programs funded pursuant to this section, which shall include, for each program, data regarding the performance results of minority group members and women participating in the programs, including outcome measures detailing employment placement, increased earnings and employment retention, as those terms are used in the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Pub.L.105-220 (29 U.S.C. s.2801 et seq.), and shall include data regarding enrollment into registered apprentice programs and results regarding their retention in long-term employment. Public bodies entering into public works contracts subject to the provisions of this section, including Statewide authorities, and the Department of the Treasury shall provide such information to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of the Treasury as the departments deem necessary for the purposes of this section.
d. For the purposes of this section: "public body" means the State of New Jersey, any of its political subdivisions, any authority created by the Legislature of the State of New Jersey and any instrumentality or agency of the State of New Jersey or of any of its political subdivisions; "public works contract" means public works contract as defined in section 1 of P.L.1975, c.127 (C.10:5-31); "registered apprenticeship" means apprenticeship in a program providing to each trainee combined classroom and on-the-job training under the direct and close supervision of a highly skilled worker in an occupation recognized as an apprenticeable trade, and registered by the Office of Apprenticeship of the United States Department of Labor and meeting the standards established by that office; and "Statewide authority" means any authority created by the Legislature which is authorized by law to enter into contracts for construction at locations throughout the State.
L.2009, c.313, s.1.
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