Labor to issue construction firm certificate of good standing


The Department of Labor administrative hearing office has agreed to issue a certificate of good standing to a construction company—provided that it pays a $2,000 fine for failing in the past to post job vacancy announcements for 45 positions.

Labor administrative hearing officer Jerry Cody reversed Labor’s denial of a certificate of good standing for Big Bell Inc., provided that the company complies with his order.

After Big Bell pays the sanction, Labor shall process a certificate of good standing for the company, said Cody in the order on Monday.

Cody fined Big Bell $3,000, but suspended $1,000 for two years, then extinguished, provided that the company pays the remaining $2,000 and complies with Labor’s statutes and regulations during that period.

Cody ordered Big Bell to pay the $2,000 portion of the fine no later than 30 days of the date of this order.

Cody reminded Big Bell that it has a continuing obligation to post job vacancy announcements on Labor’s website and to post employer declarations to online job applicants who respond to the posted JVAs.

He said Big Bell also has a continuing obligation to file documents (total workforce listings and workforce plans).

Cody warned that if Big Bell fails to comply with these obligations, Labor may request an order reinstating the suspended sanction, and imposing additional sanctions, after a due process hearing.

He said Big Bell’s failure in the future to comply with Labor regulations may support the denial of an application for a certificate of good standing.

Big Bell operates a construction business on Saipan that currently employs 50 employees and 43 of them are CW-1 status employees.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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