Bryan Cohen Dec. 10, 2013, 8:23pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced a $27,800 settlement Monday with an Idaho-based temporary staffing firm that allegedly failed to properly register with the state after establishing New Jersey offices.

Command Center Inc. allegedly operated out of temporary offices in Newark and Paterson after Superstorm Sandy to engage local residents to perform post-Sandy cleanup jobs for third-party employers. Temporary help service firms must register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and obtain a $1,000 bond to operate legally in New Jersey.

"The post-Sandy recovery effort has attracted a number of businesses to New Jersey," Hoffman said. "We continue to work tirelessly to ensure that any out-of-state company seeking to do business here, from home improvement contractors to temp firms, will comply with New Jersey's laws or face significant penalties."

Under the terms of the settlement, Command Center must pay $27,800, $10,000 of which will serve as a donation to the American Red Cross for ongoing Sandy relief efforts.

Command Center made no admission of liability as part of the agreement. The company completely cooperated with Hoffman's office.

Command Center also reached a separate settlement with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Under the terms of that agreement, Command Center paid more than $2,844 in back wages to 13 temporary employees in New Jersey.

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