Workplace Standards Protected Under New Jersey Labor Law
The Division of Wage and Hour Compliance administers and enforces NJ labor laws such as minimum wage, method of wage payment and by enforcing child labor restrictions. Though not all states have their own state overtime laws and labor laws, the following workplace standards are covered under NJ labor laws and are regulated by the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance.
* Minimum Wage ( Wage and Hour Law)
* Overtime Wage Rate ( Wage and Hour Law)
* Mandatory Overtime Restrictions (Wage and Hour Law)
* Sheltered Workshop (Wage and Hour Law)
* Unpaid or Withheld Wages (State Payment Law)
* Fringe Benefits (State Payment Law)
* Employment of Minors (Child Labor Law)
* Farm Labor (Crew Leader Registration Act, Selected Farm Labor Laws)
* Apparel Industry (Apparel Registration Act)
* Industrial Homework (Industrial Homework Law and Regulations)
* State Building Service Contracts (State Building Service Contracts Act)
* Employee Improper Misclassifications as Contractors (Construction Industry Independent Contractor Act)
* Contractor Registration (Public Works Contractor Registration)
There are several different NJ labor laws created to regulate each particular working condition.
New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law
Like the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) his law establishes the state’s minimum wage requirement at $7.25/ hour and their overtime pay rate at 1.5 times the employee’s hourly wage, with certain exemptions.
It allows for employment for the disabled and sets forth special guidelines for their wages and working conditions.
It sets mandatory overtime restrictions for healthcare workers only and stipulates the conditions under which health care facilities may require mandatory overtime from certain hourly workers.
New Jersey State Payment Law
This law sets the guidelines for unpaid or withheld wages stipulating the time, manner, and mode of payment and prohibits the withholding of wages for illegal deductions such as breakage, spillage and cash register shortages.
Payment Law protects employer fringe benefits packages.
New Jersey Child Labor Law
This law protects the rights of children under the age of 18 in the workplace by setting specific hours, defining the type of occupations permitted to be performed, and requires the issuance of proper employment certificates for minors.
New Jersey Crew Leader Registration Act and Selected Farm Labor Laws
These laws require the registration of crew leaders, and outlines minimum wage and wage payment standards, and authorizes the investigation and site inspection of migrant farm labor camps, drinking water and toilet facilities, contractors, growers and food processors operating in the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey Apparel Registration Act
This Act states that anyone engaged in manufacturing or contracting in the apparel industry must register with the state of New Jersey, which also includes those coming from other states.
The New Jersey Industrial Homework Law and Regulations
This states that the manufacturing of apparel in the home by a home worker performing work for an apparel manufacturer or contractor is prohibited. Employers and home-based businesses are required under NJ labor laws to issue license, permits, and certificates for those involved in manufacturing, altering, finishing and distribution of certain articles, materials, and goods.
State Building Service Contracts Act
This Act stipulates the payment of federal wage and benefits rates for workers who perform “building services” for properties or premises owned or leased by the state.
Construction Industry Independent Contractor Act
This Act addresses the improper classification of employees as independent contractors in the construction industry.
It stipulates wages for Construction project workers who are subsidized by public funds by setting rates and payment requirements.
And it establishes a fair bidding mechanism for both union and non-union employees.
The Public Works Contractor Registration Act
This establishes a unified procedure for the registration of contractors and subcontractors engaged in public works building projects.
The Act requires an annual registration fee of $300 and after successful completion of two consecutive years of registration, a contractor may elect to register for a 2 year period and pay a registration of $500.
Under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act “Whistleblower Act”, employees are encouraged to report illegal and/or unethical workplace activities and this Act prohibits employees to retaliate. It is important to note that you as an employee do not have to be correct in your belief that the employer has conducted illegal or unethical acts. Rather, you only need to have an objectively reasonable belief that the employer’s act is illegal, fraudulent or criminal.
If you feel that your employer has violated any of the NJ labor laws, contact the Lore Law Firm today to see whether or not you may have a case.