EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT
Please be advised of the following important changes in New Jersey and New York employment laws that took effect as of January 1, 2014, or will take effect later in 2014:
- The New Jersey minimum hourly wage rose to $8.25 per hour.
- The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination now requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees' pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions if the employee requests the accommodations, as long as the request does not cause the employer an undue hardship.
Beginning January 6, 2014, employers with 50 or more employees must conspicuously post a gender equity notice in a place accessible to all employees. In addition to the posting, the gender equity notice must be provided to each current employee by February 5, 2014, and to new employees on hiring. The employer must also obtain a signed receipt from each employee confirming that they have received the notice. The notice is available for download from the New Jersey Department of Labor's website.
- The New York minimum hourly wage rose to $8.00 per hour.
- The Minimum Wage Order raised the minimum salary for executive and administrative exemptions from overtime to $600.00 per week.
- Effective January 30, 2014, the New York City Human Rights Law will require employers with four or more employees to provide the same reasonable accommodations to their employees' pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions as they do to those employees with actual disabilities, unless it would cause the employer an undue hardship.
- Effective April 1, 2014, employers in New York City with 20 or more employees must provide both full time and part time employees who have worked more than 80 hours in a calendar year with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Employers with less than 20 employees must provide up to 40 hours of unpaid, protected sick leave per year. The employee number threshold for paid sick leave will be lowered to 15 employees beginning October 1, 2015.