$15 Minimum Wage Scheduled for Assembly Committee Action Today

Legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all but a few worker categories is scheduled for consideration in the Assembly Appropriations Committee today where it is expected to pass. The measure was approved Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee, where the vote (6 to 3) was along partisan lines.

Under the legislation (A15), the base minimum wage for New Jersey workers would increase to $10 per hour on July 1, 2019. The following January 1 (2020), the statewide minimum wage would increase to $11 per hour, and then would increase by $1 per hour every new year until it reaches $15 hour in 2024.

Some workers will reach the $15 per hour wage later. Seasonal workers and employees at small businesses of six workers or less would reach $15 per hour by January 1, 2026.

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) had requested the small employer exemption be increased from to 25 workers and not for profit entitles be afforded a 10-year phase-in period neither of which appears to be in the compromise reached last week.