By Diane Dennis
The New Jersey Payroll Certification for Public Works Projects Form and
Fringe Benefit Statement are put out by the state of New Jersey.
governing entity on a New Jersey public works project will have you
fill in and submit the New Jersey Payroll Certification for Public Works
Projects Form and Fringe Benefit Statement to them to make sure that
all of your employees on the job are being paid properly.
They're typically a pain in the bu** to deal with (not the government, the forms... although now that I think about it... ;) but we've made it easy! :)
I've put both the New Jersey Payroll Certification for Public Works Projects Form and Fringe Benefit Statement Form in an Excel format.
The New Jersey Payroll Certification for Public Works Projects Form will do all of your calculations for you and you can save these forms filled in.
Most public entities (read: Government) require contractors on the project to submit certified payroll forms that are a written record of:
Some of these prevailing wage payroll reports even require the number of the check that the employee is paid with! One more way for the government to dig into your business...
The forms are designed to track who is working on the project and that each person is being paid correctly and that taxes and other deductions are being handled properly.
These forms would be good if they could be trusted. While most contractors will be honest and pay what they're supposed to pay to the employee, unfortunately there are some contractors out there who lie on these forms.
We know of more than one occasion where the contractor paid the employee the prevailing wage rate, then when the employee cashed his check, he was required to give back to his employer the difference between his regular wage and the prevailing wage rate.
This allows the contractor to either make a killing on the project, or underbid you and win the job.
The only way to find out that a contractor has done this is for the government to get wind of it and investigate. They have to ask the employee if he was paid accurately.
How many times do you think the employee will tell the government that they weren't paid correctly?
How bad does the guy need his job?
That will determine whether or not he tells the truth, and most guys need their job so they don't turn in their employer.
And on top of everything, with all the sections of the government being so low on funds, how often do you think the accuracy and honesty of these forms are even investigated?
But, all of that being said, if the project you're working on requires the forms then you have to do them. There's no way around it.