February 15, 2019

New Jersey Legislators Pass Minimum Wage Bill

New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage would rise to $10 on July 1 from $8.85.

The hourly minimum wage would rise for seasonal workers and employers with no more than five employees to $15 by 2026.

New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage is to increase to $10 from $8.85 for most workers on July 1 under a measure that passed the legislature Jan. 31.

The measure was signed Feb. 4, 2019, by Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and took effect with his signature.

The minimum wage is to rise in increments until reaching $15 by 2024 for those workers.

Under the bill (A.B. 15, S.B. 15), the hourly minimum wage for most workers is to rise to $10 on July 1, 2019, and is to be followed by annual Jan. 1 increases to $11 in 2020, $12 in 2021, $13 in 2022, $14 in 2023, and to $15 in 2024. Subsequent increases would be adjusted annually for inflation.

The tipped-worker minimum cash wage is to rise to $2.63 from $2.13 on July 1, 2019, and is to be followed by annual Jan. 1 increases to $3.13 in 2020, $4.13 in 2021, and $5.13 from 2022 to 2024. Subsequent increases in the tipped minimum wage are to be adjusted annually for inflation.

For seasonal employees who work from May 1 to Sept. 30, and employers with up to five employees, the hourly minimum wage is to reach $15 by Jan. 1, 2026. The minimum wage is to rise to $10.30 on Jan. 1, 2020; to $11.10 on Jan. 1, 2021; to $11.90 on Jan.1, 2022; to $12.70 on Jan. 1, 2023; to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2024; to $14.30 on Jan. 1,2025; and to $15 on Jan. 1, 2026. Subsequent increases are to be adjusted annually for inflation.

Starting in 2020, a training wage of 90 percent of the minimum wage could be paid for the first 120 hours of employment by those enrolled in a training program.

Reproduced with permission. Published January 31, 2019. Copyright 2019 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>
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