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New Jersey - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

New Jersey's current minimum wage is $8.25.
For more information on New Jersey's minimum wage laws, visit our New Jersey Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

New Jersey requires an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, at the rate of 1½ times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

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Meals and Breaks

New Jersey employers must provide employees under the age of eighteen (18) with a thirty (30) minute break after five (5) consecutive hours of work. NJSA 34:2-21.17d(g)(4). New Jersey does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers eighteen (18) years old or older. An employer who chooses to provide a break in excess of twenty (20) minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or other breaks if the employee is free to leave the worksite, in fact takes their lunch or break, and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks twenty (20) minutes or shorter typically must be paid. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs.
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Vacation Leave

Information about New Jersey vacation leave laws may now be found on our New Jersey Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about New Jersey sick leave laws may now be found on our New Jersey Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about New Jersey holiday leave laws may now be found on our New Jersey Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about New Jersey jury duty leave laws may now be found on our New Jersey Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about New Jersey voting leave laws may now be found on our New Jersey Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

New Jersey law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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