NEW JERSEY MINIMUM WAGE 2022
Comprehensive guidelines on the minimum wage rules in NJ
The minimum wage rate in New Jersey is $13.00 per hour for employees working in a large organization (>5), $11.90 for employees working in a small organization(<5), and $11.05 for employees working in agriculture. This minimum wage rate is greater than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Employers are required to pay their employees the higher state minimum wage, which in this case is $13.00 per hour. This minimum wage applies to most of the employees working in the state of NJ with limited exceptions including some student workers, tipped employees, and other exempt occupations.
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The minimum wage in New Jersey 2022 is $13.00 per hour. The weekly minimum wage in NJ comes up to $520 / 40-hours a week. The minimum wage rate in New Jersey is linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is intended to raise the minimum rate along with the inflation rate. The current minimum wage rate in NJ is yearly re-evaluated based on these values.
The New Jersey states minimum wage was raised a full dollar from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour when the voters of NJ approved a constitutional amendment in 2013. This amendment also helped attach New Jersey’s minimum wage rules to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), so the minimum wage rate may be adjusted yearly based on CPI.
It is mandatory for all New Jersey Employers to display an approved New Jersey Minimum Wage poster in a prominent place to inform their employees about the minimum wage rules and their rights under the NJ labor laws. Employers of the state of New Jersey are not required to pay their employees $13.00 per hour if their occupation is specially exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
|Effective Date||NJ Large Employers (>5)||NJ Small Employers(<5)||Agricultural Employers|
|1st Jan 2022||$13.00||$11.90||$11.05|
|1st Jan 2023||$14.00||$12.70||$11.70|
|1st Jan 2024||$15.00||$13.50||$12.50|
|1st Jan 2025||$14.30||$13.40|
|1st Jan 2026||$15.00||$14.20|
|1st Jan 2027||$15.00|
All the employees working in the state of New Jersey are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage if they exceed 40 weekly hours. The overtime minimum wage will be $19.50 for every additional hour worked beyond 40 hours which is the weekly cutoff hours for overtime. The FLSA law guarantees adequate overtime compensation for all the NJ employees who qualify for the overtime minimum wage rate.
If under any circumstances, your employer fails to comply with the overtime minimum wage rule and you are not paid the required minimum overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the New Jersey Department of Labor.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New Jersey Labor Laws, all the employers in the state of New Jersey are required to display an approved New Jersey minimum wage poster and other NJ and federal Law posters, in a prominently visible place to ensure that all the employees are aware of federal and New Jersey State’s labor laws, failing which may result in severe penalties/fines.
According to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) certain types of workers are eligible for special minimum wage rates. Under the FLSA and New Jersey minimum wage law, employees are eligible for the special minimum wage to pay if they fit into any of the below categories:
Labor Commissioner Robert Ansari-Angelo said that in the wake of the pandemic, the challenges brought by it have shown why it’s important that the Garden State remain on course to a $15 minimum wage. He supports Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer economy. The government is working to get their residents into good jobs with sustainable wages and generous benefits.