There are two spikes in employment every year in the state of New Jersey: the holiday season and the summer season. During the holidays, retailers across the state hire part-time, or seasonal, workers to help with the rush of holiday shoppers. During the summer, retailers, restaurants and municipalities hire seasonal workers to help with the influx of vacationers along the Jersey Shore. This includes lifeguards at pools, along the bay and on the beaches.
New Jersey lawmakers passed a package of bills on Feb. 14 aimed at making sure the state's middle- and working- class residents' rights to fair wages are protected.
If you have unpaid wages, it goes without saying that you want to recover back pay as soon as possible. Letting your employer get away with this should never cross your mind, as it will impact your employment and finances in a variety of ways.
The plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New Jersey continues to move forward. Another hurdle to raise the minimum wage in the Garden State was cleared on Monday, January 28, 2019, according to a report from WHYY. The bill, supported by Governor Phil Murphy and other top Democratic lawmakers, will head to the Senate and the Assembly for full votes later this week. The votes could be held as early as Thursday.
New Jersey state labor laws require employers to uphold certain hiring, firing and compensation standards when dealing with their employees. They also state that workers be paid a set minimum wage and overtime and restrict employers from hiring children to work in certain industries and certain schedules. These laws also specify whether wages can be withheld, how sick leave is accrued and how other benefits should be handled.
During the holiday season, it's not uncommon for some employers to ask their workers to pick up a few extra shifts so that they can meet their customers' demands. Some employees may work double what they would during any other time of the year as a result. It's not unheard of for them to rack up in excess of 40 hours a week.
Child labor laws are enforced by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. They restrict when and how much someone under the age of 18 is allowed to work, the types of the establishments that they may work for, the tasks they can carry out and the products or machines that they're allowed to use.
After a few months of unemployment, you get a job offer. It pays minimum wage. Happy to have some income again, you gladly take it.
Can business owners in New Jersey hire people who are under 16 years old? If they can, how many hours are these minors allowed to work?
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.