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No. 7: Robert Asaro-Angelo

Manufacturing Power 50

Robert Asaro-Angelo


Like the EDA, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development plays a significant role in trying to attract manufacturers to the state. Toward that end the agency – which Asaro-Angelo leads as commissioner – will administer much of a $500 million bond issue that includes $275 million to help expand vo-tech programs providing career and technical education manufacturing jobs.

The department also will be tasked with enforcing controversial regulations dealing with whether workers are classified as regular employees or independent contractors. A measure that would crack down on misclassification is making its way through the Legislature.

That bill has the state’s business community concerned and it sparked confusion among legal analysts uncertain over its implications. Regardless of whether it becomes law, Asaro-Angelo’s department will be responsible for policing classifications.

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