Minimum Wage Increase Continues on Fast Track, Final Legislative Approval Today

With votes scheduled for today in both the Assembly and Senate, legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all but a few worker categories is expected to receive final legislative approval and could be on its way to Gov. Phil Murphy by day’s end.

A core campaign promise, Murphy is expected to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk. 

Under the legislation (A15; S15), 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 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 found its way into the compromise language agreed upon by Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19).