As more and more workers face the realities of inflation outpacing wage growth, people in entry-level positions often suffer the most difficulty finding financial footing. However, New Jersey lawmakers are considering some big shifts in wage laws that may relieve some of this mounting pressure. They are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage from its current rate to approximately $15 per hour.
For those who work in minimum wage positions, this constitutes a near-doubling of their current wages. While many economists differ on whether raising the minimum wage so drastically may ultimately hurt low-wage employees or help them, at the street level, this is a big boon for workers demanding better treatment and fair wages.
Of course, with all big changes like this proposed increase, there are complications. Employers will certainly push back. Often, this means employers may find new ways to shift liability to employees or may cut other benefits that employees previously enjoyed. While there are proper ways to make these changes, there are always employers who do not follow the rules and place the burden of fighting for fair treatment on the employee.
If you face unfair or questionable treatment in your workplace, especially when it comes to your pay, you may have more options than you realize. Don’t wait for someone else to take action. Instead, take time to build a plan and protect your rights. A strong legal strategy can help you stand up for your rights and ensure that your employer does not use their position to treat you unfairly, making the workplace a better environment for all.