A stop work order means that a business MUST cease all operations – no work at all may take place until the Stop Work Order is officially removed. Section 141-b of the WCL states that a business may be issued a stop work order if workers’ compensation coverage is not in place. Receipt of a stop work order may lead to disbarment from any State, municipal or public body Public Works contract or subcontract for 1 year (5 years for felony conviction).