Monday, August 27, 2012

Wages in New Jersey: Know Your Rights- Bergen County


Aretsky and Aretsky, Bergen County attorneys handle divorce, employment, injury, and criminal cases. New Jersey labor law provides a number of protections for workers- both employee and contractor. These include protections concerning payment of minimum wages, overtime wages, methods of wage payment, and employment of minors.  
Here are some of the basics of wage law in New Jersey:
  • Minimum wage: Minimum wage in New Jersey is currently $7.25 per hour.
  • Overtime pay: Employers must pay hourly workers a rate of one and one-half times the employees' regular rate of pay for all hours worked above 40 hours in one work week.
  • Methods of wage payment: The law specifies how and when New Jersey employers must pay their workers. For example, employers must pay wages twice each calendar month on designated paydays. If a designated payday falls on a day the business is closed, employers must pay workers on the immediately preceding workday.
  • Employment of minors: New Jersey laws have specific requirements for employers hiring minors under the age of 18. For example, minor employees are prohibited from working more than eight hours in one day, 40 hours in one week, or more than six days in a row. Minors under the age of 16 may not be required to work before 7:00 am or after 7:00 pm.
If your employer has not paid you properly, our employment attorneys in Bergen County can help you recover your wages.

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