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Minimum Wage & Wage Disputes in New Jersey

What is the minimum wage you must be paid? 

The minimum wage in New Jersey is $7.15 per hour as of October 1, 2006.  See N.J.S.A. § 34:11-56a4.

Is your employer required to pay you overtime? 

New Jersey requires employers to pay “non-exempt” employees time and a half for any time worked in excess of forty hours per week.  See N.J.S.A. § 34:11-56a et seq.  Like the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the New Jersey Wage & Hour Law provides that administrative, executive, professional and some other employees are “exempt” and are not entitled to overtime.  Determining which employees are exempt and which are not can be a confusing process.  A good place to learn about exemptions for specific jobs is the United States Department of Labor’s webpage on the subject here

How might my employer be violating New Jersey’s wage laws? 

Employers regularly violate New Jersey’s overtime laws by classifying employees who should be non-exempt as exempt to avoid paying them overtime wages.  Other employers violate these laws when they offer employees “comp time” instead of paying the required overtime.  If you think that you have been the victim of your employer’s unfair pay practices, you should contact an employee rights attorney to discuss your rights.

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