WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP NJ (January 3, 2020)--Thousands of people across the state started their new year with a dollar raise thanks to the rise in the minimum wage to $11. The increase is a result of the legislation signed into law last February to put NJ on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2024 for most workers.
According to Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty, a prime sponsor of the legislation, “Putting New Jersey on the path to $15 was the right thing to do to help level the playing field for our hard-working residents.” The minimum wage will continue to increase by one dollar every January 1st until it reaches $15 in 2024.
Someone working 40 hours per week will now make $ 4,472 a year more at $11 an hour than they did a year ago at $8.85. “With almost $90 more each week, minimum wage workers today have a much better chance to thrive than they did a year ago.”
However, not all workers received the same raise. Due to concerns for some industries, the minimum wage for employees of small businesses, farms, and seasonal businesses rose from $8.85 to $10.30 an hour. All Seasonal and small business employees will reach $15 an hour by 2026, and farmworkers could reach $15 by 2027 with legislative approval.
“By raising the minimum wage in a controlled way, we will ensure our workers are treated fairly while our businesses continue to thrive.” Assemblyman Moriarty added, “This is just one way we are fighting for New Jersey Workers. Looking toward 2020, we plan to take on the misclassification of employees and bring transparency to forced arbitration in employment contracts.”