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Drivers passing through New Jersey could have an easier time identifying nearby wineries under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The Viticulture Trail Sign Program will be an effort to boost the profile of the state’s growing wine industry by constructing more road signs that point motorists to nearby vineyards, many of which are in rural areas.

The Philadelphia-based late-night delivery company goPuff said it did not have to disclose multiple federal labor violations to New Jersey officials when it successfully applied for a $39 million tax incentive in July 2018.

In a letter to the state Economic Development Authority last month that was obtained by WHYY, a goPuff attorney said the firm did not consider its 15 federal overtime and minimum-wage violations to be a “legal proceeding” as defined by the application, so the company did not disclose them. (The company’s legal name is goBrands.)

People seeking jobs in New Jersey will no longer be required to divulge their salary history during the application process.

A new state law signed Thursday also blocks employers from disqualifying applicants based on their past pay.

“Often the question comes before the interview is over: What did you make at your last job?” said Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who signed the bill while Gov. Phil Murphy was on vacation. “The asking of that question is discriminatory in nature.”

New Jersey has asked the Philadelphia-based delivery company goPuff for more information regarding its successful application for a $39 million state tax incentive.

It comes one week after WBGO reported that goPuff had failed to mention a federal overtime and minimum wage violation when asked on its 2018 application.

The home delivery service goPuff failed to disclose a federal labor law violation to New Jersey officials when it applied for a $39 million corporate tax break last summer, a warehouse workers union said.

It is the latest example of a company facing scrutiny for its application to the controversial Grow New Jersey tax incentive program, which is currently under investigation by a state task force that found it lacked oversight.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he will let two controversial New Jersey tax break programs expire without signing a bill to extend them while lawmakers and the front office work on a new law that will lay out the rules of future incentives.

It comes after a state task force convened by Murphy to investigate the tax break program found evidence that companies may have lied on their applications and that politically-connected insiders likely helped write the law to benefit their clients.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is putting pressure on top Democratic lawmakers to pass legislation hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15, hoping to fulfill a major campaign promise to begin phasing in an increase during his first year in office.

During a news conference Monday outside his office, Murphy called on lawmakers to send him a bill before the end of the year.

“Let’s hope both our holiday wish list and the Legislature’s Dec. 17 board list include putting New Jersey on a responsible and certain path,” Murphy said.