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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

State of New Jersey
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters 1 John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08625
Agency executive Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is a governmental agency of the U.S. state of New Jersey.

Initially constituted in the late-1940s, pursuant to P.L. 1948, c.446, as the Department of Labor and Industry, the department is one of 16 executive branch departments in New Jersey state government. Governor [1]

Department Leadership

Commissioner Harold J. Wirths heads the department. Prior to his nomination by Governor Chris Christie in January 2010, Mr. Wirths owned and operated two furniture stores for nearly 20 years.[2] He was also an elected member of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.[3]

The Deputy Commissioner is Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Fichtner was director of Research and Evaluation at [4]

The Chief of Staff is Frederick J. Zavaglia. Prior to joining the department in May 2011, Mr. Zavaglia worked in finance and business development for American Water Works Company, Inc. He also spent 15 years on Wall Street with several firms, serving as a municipal finance advisor and investment banker. Prior to his Wall Street career, Mr. Zavaglia worked in local government, serving as both the deputy county administrator and the county administrator for the County of Atlantic in Southern New Jersey.[5]

Major Program Areas and Selected Accomplishments

The Department administers several of the most important programs in State government that affect the daily lives of those in the workforce, such as the workers' compensation courts, the unemployment insurance program, the temporary disability insurance program, the family leave insurance program, wage and hour enforcement, and various One-Stop Career Centers.

The Department houses the Employee Residency Review Committee, as established by the New Jersey First Act (N.J.S.A. 52:14-7; P.L. 2011, c.70). Signed into law by Governor Chris Christie and effective September 1, 2011, the New Jersey First Act contains new residency requirements for most public officers and employees. The New Jersey First Act states in pertinent part that a person may apply to the committee for an exemption from the residency requirement based on certain criteria.[6][7]

To improve the skills of the state's workforce, the Department awards grants to businesses to help train their employees. Literacy skills training grants are designed to improve workers' language proficiency, reading comprehension, communication, mathematical skill, and computer literacy skills. Customized Training grants are awarded to companies to help improve workers' skills in specific areas. Grants are awarded monthly on a competitive basis and can be used for either classroom or on-the-job training.[8]

On November 30, 2011, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who was serving as Acting Governor at the time, formally launched the website at the Trenton One-Stop Career Center. Administered by the Department, the free website guides both job seekers and employers "through the maze of state and federal services and offers a unique tool that allows visitors to go online and quickly upload or create a customized résumé." The website, developed using artificial intelligence software from Burning Glass Technologies, is designed to connect job seekers and employers looking for workers.[9]


  1. ^ New Jersey Legislature's web site. P.L. 2004, c.39
  2. ^ About the Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Accessed July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Associated Press. "Gov. Christie nominates heads of N.J. labor, community affairs departments", The Star-Ledger, January 25, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2011. "Gov. Chris Christie has nominated Sussex County freeholder Hal Wirths to head the Labor Department and former prosecutor Lori Grifa to take over the Community Affairs Department."
  4. ^ Department of Labor and Workforce Development Website | About the Deputy Commissioner
  5. ^ Department of Labor and Workforce Development website| About the Chief of Staff
  6. ^ New Jersey Civil Service Commission Website, Accessed 05 December 2011
  7. ^ New Jersey Civil Service Commission Website, Accessed 05 December 2011
  8. ^ Department of Labor and Workforce Development Website, Accessed 05 December 2011
  9. ^ Website for NBC 40 Atlantic City, Published on November 30, 2011, at 10:54 p.m.

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