New Jersey Minimum Wage to Increase in January 2023 by More than Initially Projected



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Nonprofits should note that New Jersey’s minimum hourly wage will increase on January 1, 2023, to $14.13 for employees of large employers and $12.93 for employees of small and seasonal employers. Moreover, as of January 1, 2023, “direct care staff members” in long-term health facilities are to receive a minimum wage that is $3.00 higher than New Jersey’s then-current minimum wage for large employers.

As is explained in Pro Bono Partnership’s article New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Going Up to at Least $15.00 to $18.00, the minimum wage is gradually increasing for New Jersey employees. The next incremental increase goes into effect on January 1, 2023, at which time employees of large employers will be entitled to at least $14.13 an hour and employees of small and seasonal employers will be entitled to at least $12.93 an hour. Subject to some exceptions, a small employer is one that has fewer than six employees.

In addition, as of January 1, 2023, “direct care staff members” in long-term health facilities are to receive a minimum wage that is $3.00 higher than New Jersey’s then-current minimum wage for large employers. This increase is the result of a law enacted in September 2020. Thus, these staff members must receive at least $17.13 an hour as of January 1, 2023.

Employers need to make sure they have the latest version of the required New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD) New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law Abstract posted. The poster will be updated prior to year-end because the current version does not yet reflect the higher-than-initially-projected 2023 minimum wage amounts set forth above.

Questions?

If you have questions about any of the topics discussed above, please contact Christine Michelle Duffy, Esq., in the Partnership’s Parsippany office, at cduffy@probonopartner.org or 973-240-6955 x303.

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