TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling that will require employers who offshore customer call center offices to foreign nations to repay all aid and financial support they have received from the state of New Jersey.
“If you think that moving New Jersey jobs to foreign shores is the best way to run your company, that’s your business,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “But if that’s the choice you make, it’s only fair that you relinquish all of the benefits you’ve received from New Jersey taxpayers to keep those jobs at home. You don’t get to have your cake and eat it, and it’s unfair to let companies two-time Garden State residents by accepting tax credits and grants with one hand and pushing in-state jobs overseas with the other.”
The bill, titled the New Jersey Call Centers Jobs Act (A1992), would require any employer relocating a call center to one or more foreign countries to notify the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and remit the unamortized value of any direct or indirect State grant, guaranteed loan, tax benefit, and any other financial support provided by the state. The Act would apply to companies with 50 or more employees.
The state could fine companies that do not report a move to a foreign country up to $7,500 for each day the violation continues. The New Jersey Call Centers Jobs Act defines a “call center” as a facility or operation where workers receive phone calls, emails, or other electronic communication to provide customer assistance or other service.