Local and State Employment Law Updates: Wage Posters | SmithAmundsen LLC

Below are some of the latest state updates and posters –

NEW JERSEY

The State of New Jersey has released a new Summary of the Wages and Hours Act as part of its change to the legal minimum wage rate. Accordingly, employees must not be paid less than the minimum wage schedule provided by the state.

minimum wage schedule provided by nj.gov

Overtime is payable at a rate of 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The following employees are exempt from overtime: (i) executive, administrative and professional; (ii) agricultural workers; and (iii) limousine drivers.

Employees specifically covered by the abstract include those engaged in the following occupations: (i) primary processing of agricultural products; (ii) hotel and motel; (iii) catering (catering industry); and (iv) seasonal entertainment. Exempt employees include (i) full-time students employed by the college or university where they are enrolled; (ii) external vendors; (iii) car dealers; (iv) part-time employees whose main activity is caring for children in the employer’s home; and (v) minors under the age of 18, subject to certain exceptions. Summer camp counselors and employees, and those employed at conferences and retreats hosted by a nonprofit or religious corporation or association are also exempt from June minimum wage and overtime rates. to September.

Employers who violate the minimum wage rate can be charged with a disorderly person violation and, upon conviction, fined at least $100.00 and more than $1,000.00. The Commissioner may also levy administrative penalties.

This poster must be posted in a prominent place in the workplace.

NEW MEXICO

The City of Santa Fe has released new guidelines on its Living Wage Ordinance and updated its corresponding poster. As of March 1, 2022, all workers in Santa Fe must earn a living wage of $12.95 an hour.

The following employers are required to pay the living wage:

  • City contractors with contracts requiring the performance of services but excluding purchases of goods, provided the contract meets a certain threshold;
  • Companies receiving certain economic aids; and
  • Businesses must have a business license or registration in Santa Fe and nonprofit organizations, except those whose primary source of funds are from Medicaid waivers, for all hours worked within city limits.

With respect to tipped workers: All tips or commissions received and retained by tipped workers are counted as wages and credited towards the employer’s living wage satisfaction. This includes tips that have been pooled between workers.

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