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New Jersey Governor Signs Pay Equity Bill into Law

New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act will take effect on July 1, 2018. The new law contains sweeping changes to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), such as a prohibition against discrimination with respect to compensation or financial terms of employment, a six-year statute of limitations, and treble damages for violators.

New Jersey Enacts Expansive Equal Pay Law

On April 24, 2018, newly-elected Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) by significantly expanding existing pay equity protections for New Jersey employees, imposing difficult defense burdens on New Jersey employers, and creating a six-year statute of limitations for pay equity claims under the NJLAD. The key provisions of the Act, which takes effect on July 1, 2018, are below.

New Jersey Becomes Latest State To Pass Equal Pay Legislation

New Jersey will become the latest state to mandate a comprehensive equal pay law as Governor Phil Murphy announced that he will sign the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act”—recently passed by the state legislature—on April 24, 2018. What makes this law different and more robust than laws in other states is that the New Jersey equal pay law will soon extend legal protections beyond gender and provide relief to all classes of employees protected under the state’s antidiscrimination law.

New Jersey Legislature Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill

On April 12, 2018, the New Jersey State Senate, by a vote of 24-12, passed the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Act”). The Act, which passed the Assembly last month by a 50-24 margin, requires businesses of all sizes to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to employees during an employer-established benefit year. The Act, which Governor Phil Murphy pledged to sign, expressly preempts municipal paid sick leave ordinances passed in cities and towns such as Newark, Morristown, and Paterson, in an effort to provide uniform obligations to businesses operating within the State. The Act includes the following provisions:

Double Take: NJ Governor Poised to Enact Equal Pay Act on Equal Pay Day

On April 24, 2018, National Equal Pay Day, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy plans to sign the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the “Act”) into law. Senate Bill S-104, reintroduced in this legislative session, contains sweeping changes to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) including, among other items, a prohibition against discrimination with respect to compensation or financial terms of employment on the basis of a protected trait, a six (6) year statute of limitations, and treble damages against any business that violates the Act.

New Equal Pay Law in New Jersey Will Expand Employee Protections

On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature passed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). With Governor Phil Murphy’s signature, the act — which exceeds the protections of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, and addresses issues broader than gender pay equity — will take effect on July 1, 2018.

New Jersey and Washington Enact Tough Pay Equity Laws

Washington and New Jersey have passed comprehensive pay equity laws that significantly strengthen requirements for employers to provide equal pay for similar employment without regard to gender or other protected characteristics. They join other states in enacting far-reaching legislation to combat pay inequality, such as California, Maryland, New York and, most recently, Massachusetts, which has expanded its existing pay equity law, effective July 1, 2018.

New Jersey to Pass Broadest Pay Equity Law in the US

Executive Summary: On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly passed amendments to the state discrimination law, including additional pay equity protections. The bill now goes to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk, who has indicated he will sign it into law. If signed, it would be one of the broadest equal pay statutes in the country. This legislation would make it unlawful for anyone who is in a “protected class” to receive lower pay or benefits for substantially similar work, unless the employer can demonstrate this differential is based on criteria permitted under the law.

New Jersey Governor Expected to Sign Expansive Equal Pay Bill

On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature enacted amendments to existing statutes substantially expanding pay equity protections for New Jersey employees and giving rise to significant compliance and defense burdens for New Jersey employers. Newly elected Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign the legislation, which will take effect on July 1, 2018.

New Jersey Extends Workplace Protections to Breastfeeding Mothers

Executive Summary: New Jersey extends workplace protections to breastfeeding mothers, requiring employers of all sizes to provide employees with time and space to express breastmilk.