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Minimum Wage Increase

On September 30, 2016, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Wage and Hour Compliance Division announced that the state minimum wage will increase to $8.44 per hour on January 1, 2017.

Read the Notice of Administrative Changes

Morristown Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On September 14, 2016, Morristown Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty signed into law the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (No. 35-2016). The ordinance requires private employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid sick leave during a calendar year. Employers with fewer than 10 employees must provide at least 24 hours of paid sick leave during a calendar year. However, employees in the child care, home health care, and food service industries must receive 40 hours of paid sick leave during a calendar year, regardless of the number of employees the employer has.

The ordinance does not apply to employees covered by a collective-bargaining agreement, to the extent that such requirements are expressly waived in the collective-bargaining agreement in clear and unambiguous terms. The ordinance also does not apply to employees covered by a collective-bargaining agreement in effect at the time of the effective date of the ordinance; however, if the terms of an expired collective-bargaining agreement provide paid sick leave that is more generous than provided by the ordinance, those terms of the expired collective-bargaining agreement apply to the extent required by law.

To be eligible for leave, employees must work at least 80 hours during a calendar year in Morristown.

Eligible employees accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Paid sick leave begins to accrue on an employee’s first day of employment and may be used by an employee after her or his 90th day of employment. Accrued but unused paid sick leave may be carried over from one calendar year to the next; however, an employer is not required to provide more than 40 hours of paid sick leave in a calendar year. In addition, employers are not required to pay employees for unused accrued leave at separation.

The ordinance also contains notice, posting, and recordkeeping requirements.

On September 27, 2016, the Mayor signed an executive order delaying the effective date of the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance until January 11, 2017.

Read the Ordinance