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Category Archives: Wage and Hour

August 7, 2019

New Jersey Employers Beware of New Wage and Hour Law

Today, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed S-1790 into law, which enhances enforcement of New Jersey’s wage and hour laws by providing additional fines and penalties for employers who fail to properly pay wages, benefits, or overtime to employees as required by the State’s already existing wage and hour laws. The law is being touted as  Read More arrow

December 8, 2017

NJ Seeks to Limit Arbitration of Employment-Based Claims

S-3851, which was introduced on December 4 by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), would bar provisions in employment contracts that waive any substantive or procedural right or remedy relating to a claim of discrimination, retaliation or harassment.  The bill prohibits the waiver of any right or remedy under the NJ Law Against Discrimination or any other statute or  Read More arrow

January 3, 2017

Changes to Overtime Law

On December 1, 2016, a federal district court in Texas enjoined the implementation of new overtime rules, which were scheduled to take effect.  The principal aspect of the new rules doubled the minimum salary needed for an overtime exemption from $23,660 to $47,476. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has fast-tracked the appeal  Read More arrow

November 23, 2016

Employers Granted Reprieve from New Overtime Regulations

Yesterday, a Texas federal judge preliminarily enjoined the implementation of the Department of Labor overtime rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay. A coalition of more than 50 business groups and 21 states sued to invalidate the regulation and sought immediate injunctive relief from the December  Read More arrow

May 27, 2015

Four Mistakes Employers Make With Overtime

1.  Assume every salaried employee is exempt from overtime. Only employees earning salary of at least $455 per week qualify for the salary exemption from overtime.  Further, even salary is not enough to qualify someone as an “executive” excluded from overtime.  Review the definition of executive under the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure your  Read More arrow

January 7, 2015

2015 Brings the First of Annual Minimum Wage Increases to New Jersey

As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in New Jersey increased to $8.38 per hour, up from $8.25 per hour.  As a result of an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, January 1st of every year from now on will bring a wage increase based on the Consumer Price Index.

March 24, 2014

Assembly Panel Votes to Raise Pay for Tipped Workers

The NJ Assembly Labor Committee voted on March 24, 2014 to raise the minimum hourly wage that businesses are required to pay tipped employees from $2.13 to $3.39 by the end of the year and $5.93 by 2015, according to the Newark Star Ledger.  The bill moves on to the Assembly for a full vote.

February 25, 2014

Continued Push for Higher Federal Minimum Wage for All and Paid Sick Leave for New Jersey Workers

Employers (and workers) should be aware of a continued push for: (1) a higher federal Minimum Wage – which would boost the Minimum Wage in New Jersey under its Constitution; and (2) a push for paid Sick Leave for New Jersey workers. A recent issue of the U. S. Department of Labor newsletter detailed Secretary  Read More arrow