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Temporary Employment Agencies

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New Jersey has a large number of temporary employment agencies that conduct business in most urban communities. These agencies place workers in employment situations such as warehouses which are located off the beaten path so that public transportation is usually not available.

Transportation is frequently made available through van and minibus operators who are licensed by the State of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (formerly NJ DOT) to provide Regular Route (Under Contract) Bus or Van Service. The vehicles are inspected by the NJMVC and are required to maintain certain insurance requirements. That is all well and good for the legal operators, but there are bus and van operators who operate outside of the law and fail to obtain approval from the MVC and simply operate until discovered operating illegally.

The State of NJ has stepped in and adopted legislation, approved in January 2007, which requires the employment agencies to register with the State of NJ and imposes upon these agencies a requirement that they assure compliance by the bus and van operators that they use with the NJMVC Regulations under Title 48. Specifically, if the agency operates the transportation service, or recommends a particular transportation service, or refers the people to a particular transportation service, the agency must assure themselves and maintain records to assure that the transportation company is in full compliance with the Regulations.

Penalties are imposed against the agencies for non-compliance, and additionally, the agencies become jointly liable with the transportation company if any of the people transported are injured. Damages in such cases are trebled as the matter has been determined to fall within the purview of the Consumer Fraud Act.

For those agencies that turn a blind eye to what has been going on with regard to this transportation issue, the penalties can be especially serious.

 Jerry A. Casser, Esq. (Fairfield NJ Transportation attorney)  www.jcasser.com


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Hello Transportation Companies and Professionals

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Welcome to my new Transportation Blog. For those bus operators and transportation professionals that do not know me, I am an attorney practicing in New Jersey and New York with the bulk of my law practice concentrating on the passenger transportation industry (buses, limousines, school buses, vans, etc.). I have a vast amount of experience in the industry. My family owned and operated Manhattan Transit/Coach; Lincoln Transit; Blue Coach; Mohawk Lines; Casser Tours; Crossroads Sightseeing; and Atlantic City Grayline. I spent my younger years learning about bus operations from the bottom up.

After entering the practice of law as a Tax Attorney (Master of Laws in Taxation and Internal Revenue Service experience), I started representing bus companies and have not stopped after 25 years. I enjoy what I do, and I think my clients will all agree that I am very good at what I do. My clients range from the small one bus owner/operator getting started in the business to the largest companies in NJ and beyond, with everyone in between. My clients operate commuter routes, charters and tours, casino routes, contract regular routes, and also include school bus operations, commuter vans and minibuses, and limo’s.

What I will be trying to do with this Blog is to provide current information on the Transportation industry, i.e. pending and recently adopted legislation, helpful hints on operational matters, and comments on industrywide issues. Since I am Counsel to the Greater NJ Motorcoach Association, I will be posting comments on issues that concern my Association as well. All comments will involve issues and information available to the general public, for example, the details of a case that I have tried on a transportation matter which may or may not be already published, but is available through normal legal research.

I will try to post on a regular basis, so check back from time to time, and feel free to add your comments and questions. I will reply as soon as I can.

JERRY

Jerry A. Casser, Esq. (Fairfield NJ Transportation attorney)  www.jcasser.com


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