It's (Again) Time for Businesses to Comply with Their Year-End Employment Obligations!

As we approach the end of the year, business owners need to remain mindful of upcoming changes in employment laws and their year-end human resources compliance obligations.

Minimum Wage Increases

 New Jersey

 In New Jersey, the minimum wage is increasing from $8.60 to $8.85 an hour, effective January 1, 2019. 

 New York

 New York's minimum wage increase, which becomes effective December 31, 2018, varies depending upon where a business's employees work (and potentially the number of employees the business has). 

 In New York City:

  • For businesses with 10 or fewer employees, the minimum wage is increasing from $12 to $13.50 an hour.

  • For businesses with 11 or more employees, the minimum wage is increasing from $13 to $15 an hour.

 In Long Island and Westchester: the minimum wage is increasing from $11 to $12 an hour.

 In the rest of New York State: the minimum wage is increasing from  $10.40 to $11.10 an hour.

 New Jersey Employee Notices

 Employers in New Jersey with 50 or more employees must provide each employee with Gender Equity Notices by December 31, 2018. This is an annual requirement and employers must obtain acknowledgments of receipt from each employee. The form Gender Equity Notice can be found here.

New Jersey employees with 10 or more employees should issue their annual notices under New Jersey's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), which can be found here.

 Failure to comply with any of these requirements could expose an employer to fines or liability. 

 If you have any questions about your business's employment-related compliance obligations please call us at (201) 345-5412 or use our online scheduling page to set up a complimentary consultation.