Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed the landmark anti-wage theft bill, S1790, into law, which ensures that employees in New Jersey are bringing home exactly what they earned on the job without worrying about wage theft. The signing of S1790 enforces New Jersey’s wage and hour laws and holds employers accountable for any unpaid wages, benefits, and overtime. If employers do not pay their employees their earned wages, they can be forced to pay damages and fines of up to $10,000. The signed bill also extends the statute of limitations from two years to six years for workers to file claims and strengthens anti-retaliation provisions to protect employees who speak out against wage theft.
New Jersey’s minimum wage rose to $10 an hour on July 1 and will continue to raise one dollar a year until it reaches $15 in 2024. New Jersey has been lagging in wage and hour protection for workers for a long time. The anti-wage theft bill ensures that all employees are paid for their work.
Wage and hour laws govern the wage rates an employer can pay their employees and the hours in which an employer must pay their employees for the time they work. The most common types of wage and hour laws include:
If you or someone you know is filing a wage theft claim, you need a lawyer who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact a Long Branch employment lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. today at 732-493-9400 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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