On August 6, 2019, New Jersey Lt. Governor Shiela Oliver signed into law yet another expansion of New Jersey’s employment laws. Notably, this latest amendment increases the potential criminal penalties and civil liabilities for employers that violate the state’s wage and hour laws. Most of the amendments went into effect immediately.Read More
Since 2018, under Governor Phil Murphy’s Administration, New Jersey has been actively expanding its existing employment laws and enacting new ones. The constantly evolving and changing landscape of employment laws presents potential difficulties and risks for New Jersey employers who must comply with an increasingly complex human resources compliance environment. We have written about many of these changes, which include, the following:Read More
As we previously posted, New Jersey recently expanded family leave entitlements for workers in the state. That included expanding coverage of the New Jersey Family Leave Act and New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance benefits. The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) recently issued updated versions of the mandatory workplace posters for the New Jersey Family Leave Act and Family Leave Insurance. The NJDOL also issued updated its Frequently Asked Questions for Family Leave Insurance.Read More
On March 28, 2018, New Jersey joined California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, and Oregon by enacting an auto-enrollment IRA program. The program, known as the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program (the “Program”), will require all New Jersey employers with 25 or more employees to participate in a state run IRA program, unless they have their own retirement plan.Read More
On February 4, 2019, Governor Murphy signed into law a minimum wage increase that will increase New Jersey's minimum wage for most workers from $8.85 to $15 per hour by 2024. The $15 per hour minimum wage will be phased in according to the following schedule:
Effective Date New Minimum Wage
July 1, 2019: $10 per hourRead More
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.Read More
Starting Monday, October 29, 2018, almost all New Jersey employers must start complying with the state's new Earned Sick Leave Law. We had previously written about the law and the proposed regulations.
In anticipation of the law's effective date, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued a "Notice of Employee Rights." The Notice can be found here.Read More
As we previously reported, New Jersey's Paid Sick Leave Act becomes effective on October 29, 2018. In anticipation of the upcoming effective date for the new law, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) recently released its proposed regulations concerning the Act.
The proposed regulations answer several questions created by the statutory language of the Act. Some of the more significant ones are noted below.Read More
New Jersey employers that utilize independent workers will likely soon find the State looking over their shoulders to see if such workers were properly classified as independent and to collect unpaid taxes for any misclassified workers.
On August 10, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Labor announced that it had entered into a worksharing agreement with the United States Department of Labor to end employee misclassification in New Jersey. According to the press release, misclassification of employees has cost New Jersey over $80 million in employer tax contributions since 2010.Read More
Following the enactment of a sweeping Equal Pay Law, on May 2, 2018, Governor Murphy signed the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act, which mandates that employers in New Jersey provide paid sick leave to their employees. The Act takes effect on October 29, 2018 and will preempt all existing local sick leave ordinances when it takes effect.Read More
New Jersey's Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the "Equal Pay Act" or "Act") will become effective on July 1, 2018 and significantly expands New Jersey's equal pay laws. Violations of the Equal Pay Act will carry substantial liabilities, so New Jersey employers will need to act quickly to ensure compliance with the new law.Read More
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was recently amended to prohibit discrimination against breastfeeding employees. Not only does the amendment prohibit discrimination against such employees, but it also requires employers to provide breastfeeding employees with a reasonable accommodation to express breastmilk.Read More
As we enter the Holiday Season, business owners need to remain mindful of upcoming changes in employment laws and the year-end human resources compliance obligations that might effect their businesses.
Minimum Wage Increases
The minimum wage in both New York and New Jersey is set to increase shortly.Read More
During the application stage of the hiring process, New Jersey prohibits employers from making certain pre-employment inquiries of an applicant. For example, in an advertisement for a job opening or during an interview, employers cannot express any limitation, specification, or inquire about, an applicant's:Read More