- $15 per hour by 2024, for most minimum wage earners;
- $15 per hour by 2026, for minimum wage earners at seasonal businesses and small businesses;
- $12.50 per hour by 2024, for agricultural minimum wage earners; and
- $5.13 per hour by 2022, for tipped earners.
Employers should be aware that one of Governor Phil Murphy’s top legislative priorities is to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Although the Legislature passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill in 2016, which was vetoed by then-Governor Chris Christie, neither Governor Murphy nor the Legislature has communicated a path forward to get another bill on the table.
As wage payment violations carry significant penalties in New Jersey, you should contact a member of Blank Rome’s labor & employment practice group if you have any questions about compliance with New Jersey’s minimum wage increase or any other wage and hour issues.