The New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act states that laborers, craftsmen and apprentices employed on public works projects are entitled to an appropriate craft prevailing wage rate determined by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. Projects for public works that are funded entirely or partially by a public entity are subject to the Act. For contracts directly awarded by municipal government to be covered by the Act, they must be worth at least $16,263. The limit is $2,000 for all other public entities, such as boards of education and municipal utility authorities.
Public body officials or their representatives must apply for an official New Jersey Prevailing Wage Rate Determination, which is required for all public work contracts.