Deal reached to raise NJ’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Here’s What you need to know!

Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2019.

Deal reached to raise NJ’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Here’s What you need to know!

New Jersey recently implemented new minimum wage requirements which will result in the current rate progressing from $8.85 to $15.00 per hour.  The minimum wage requirements for seasonal employees is different than for other employees and the applicable rates are set out below.

The hourly rates that must be provided are as follows:

Employees  Seasonal Employees
2019 $8.85 per hour $8.85 per hour
July 1, 2019 10.00 8.85
2020 11.00 10.30
2021 12.00 11.10
2022 13.00 11.90
2023 14.00 12.70
2024 15.00 13.50
2025 15.00 14.30
2026 15.00 15.00


N.J.S.A.34:11-56a4(a), (n)


Non-seasonal employees must have their rate of pay increased to no less than $10.00 per hour as of July 1, 2019.  Seasonal employees, those employees who work only from May 1 to September 30 during the year, are on a different schedule than all other employees. Further, these rates are the minimum that will be required; however, they can be increased depending on what the CPI is during the transition years.  New Jersey can increase the required rates pursuant to CPI adjustments. However, the rates will not be less than that which is provided above.  We therefore suggest that the rate requirements be checked and confirmed each year prior to January 1 to ensure compliance with the adjusted rates.

If you have questions about complying with the new rates, or need assistance with any labor and employment matters, please contact our office.

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