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New Jersey’s Minimum Wage to Reach at Least $15 by 2024

New Jersey has joined the ranks of California, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia in requiring a phased increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour as a result of a bill (A-15/S-15) signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday, February 4, 2019. The law will raise the minimum wage rate from the current rate of $8.85 per hour to at least $15.00 an hour by 2024. After 2024, it will increase annually based on changes in the consumer price index. Noticeably absent from the new law is an off-ramp from this policy that would allow the wage hikes to be suspended in the event of a recession or budgetary crunch.

Third Circuit Finds FAAAA Does Not Preempt New Jersey ABC Test

In Bedoya v. American Eagle Express Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act of 1994 (FAAAA) does not preempt New Jersey’s wage and hour laws, permitting delivery drivers to continue with a suit claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors. As a result of this decision, motor carriers located in states within the Third Circuit (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) will need to ensure their relationships with drivers classified as independent contractors satisfy the so-called "ABC" test.

Amendment to New Jersey Anti-Discrimination Law Poses Challenges to Using Non-Disclosure and Jury Trial Waiver Provisions

An amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to prohibit enforcement of non-disclosure provisions in certain agreements, including employment contracts and settlement agreements, has been passed by the New Jersey Legislature. The amendment could also potentially impact use of jury trial waivers, given the LAD’s jury trial provision. Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign this legislation into law.

Governor Murphy Signs Bill to Increase New Jersey's Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

Effective July 1, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour from $8.85. After months of negotiations, on Monday, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill to gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2024.

$15 Minimum Wage Becomes Law In New Jersey

New Jersey has joined the ranks of California, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. in adopting legislation that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most employees. The legislature passed the bill on January 31, and Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law yesterday. Here’s what New Jersey employers should know about it.

New Jersey Becomes Latest State to Enact a $15 Minimum Wage Law

With its governor’s signature yesterday, New Jersey became the latest – and the third largest – state to pass a $15.00 per hour minimum wage bill. The only states with larger populations than New Jersey passing such $15 minimum wage bills are California and New York, which enacted similar laws in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

New Jersey Employers Should Expect Minimum Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee approved a bill (A 15) that, if passed by the legislature, would incrementally raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for most workers by 2024. If effected, this bill will make New Jersey the fourth state in the nation to commit to a gradual minimum wage hike to $15, joining Massachusetts, California, and New York. While the bill still requires approval by both houses of the state legislature and signature by Governor Murphy, prospect of passage is high in light of Democratic control of both houses and the Governor’s stated support of the initiative.

New Jersey Implements Sick Leave

A new paid sick leave law recently went into effect in New Jersey. Under the new law, employers must allow their New Jersey employees to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every thirty hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. Employers must also allow employees to carry over 40 hours of accrued paid sick leave from year to year assuming it is unused.

$15 Minimum Wage May Soon Be Reality For New Jersey Employers

ew Jersey is likely to follow California, Massachusetts, and New York in gradually raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin agreed on a proposal with Governor Phil Murphy last week, which could see the increase passed into law around the end of the month, soon after full Senate and Assembly sessions are scheduled to convene. What do New Jersey employers need to know about this proposal?

New Jersey Expected to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00 by 2024

New Jersey is likely to raise its minimum wage to $15.00 within the next six years.