Civil Rights/Affirmative Action
The Division of Civil Rights/Affirmative Action (CR/AA) Contract Compliance Unit monitors subcontracting, employment and training opportunities on
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) federally-funded and New Jersey state-funded contracts. It ensures that highway construction funds
allocated to those contracts are spent in a manner that encourages and supports employment of individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age or disability.
The Contract Compliance Unit also monitors prime contractor compliance with federal and state funded construction contract provisions for
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contractors,
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) contractors, employment and training. The NJDOT believes that an
effective Contract Compliance program benefits contractors and employees if it can ensure merit based employment and subcontracting decisions.
By maintaining a Contract Compliance Program, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) ensures the contractors meet these objectives:
- Subcontracting Goals
To Ensure the participation of DBEs and SBEs as subcontractors in federal and state contracts, according to 49 CFR Part 26 and N.J.A.C. 17:14 (pdf 1m), prime contractors must meet NJDOT’s goals set by the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action.
- Workforce (Equal Employment Opportunity-EEO) Goals
To ensure equal employment opportunity, NJDOT monitors the contractor’s compliance with Executive Order 11246 and 41 CFR Part 60 that prohibits discrimination against minorities and women and requires contractors to apply affirmative action.
The Contract Compliance Unit monitors contractors according to the rules and regulations of the affirmative action aspects of the contractor’s
workforce utilization plans. Contractors and subcontractors are required to submit regular
reports documenting the number of employees and hours worked, with
specific information on new hires, terminations and trainees.
- Training Goals
The training goals are to uphold the goal for trainees to obtain full journey person status through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Initiative. The
Training Special Provisions requires contractors to make every effort to enroll minority and female trainees in the contract training program.
All contractors must comply with the contract requirements as they are outlined in the contract Special Provisions. This section stipulates the
contractor’s DBE and EEO training requirements.
- Documentation Goals
To meet the DBE, SBE, and EEO workforce and training requirements for both state and federally-funded project contracts, the Contract
Compliance Unit requires the contractors to complete and submit specific forms to
the project’s Resident Engineer.