New Jersey Employers: $8.38 Minimum Wage Effective January 1
As you may remember, in November 2013, voters approved an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution increasing the state minimum wage to $8.25. The amendment also created annual cost of living increases, tied to the Consumer Price Index, to be added to the minimum wage each year. The increases are calculated each September and take effect on the following January. Therefore, effective January 1, 2015, New Jersey minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.38. Employers must ensure that all work performed by employees on and after January 1, 2015 is compensated at the increased rate. Employers should be especially mindful of this change if January 1 falls in the middle of a pay period.