After some big changes in 2019, it’s apparent that New Jersey takes wage theft very seriously. The state adopted the new Wage Theft Act (WTA) and amended its Wage and Hour Law back on Aug. 6, 2019, giving it some some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding wage and hour enforcement.
The new WTA has a direct impact on business owners in New Jersey, but it’s important for those outside the state to be aware of the updates as well. The Garden State is a common testing ground for legislative changes, so other states may adopt similar laws over time. As such, let’s break down exactly what New Jersey’s wage and hour enforcement laws mean for business owners (and what they can do to avoid issues).
The Department of Labor announced a proposal in early March to change the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions. This move comes more than two years after a federal judge blocked another attempt to update the threshold for overtime eligibility, although the details of the proposal differ from the 2016 proposal.
The current salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions is $23,600 annually, which equates to $455 per week. The DoL’s new proposal seeks to increase the threshold to $35,308 annually ($679 per week) – nearly halfway to the DoL’s 2016 target threshold of $47,476 ($913 per week).
While the new proposal is notably lower than the blocked attempt, it still marks a nearly 50 percent increase from the current wage threshold. As a result, the DoL “estimates that 1.1 million currently exempt employees who earn at least $455 per week but less than the proposed standard salary level of $679 per week would, without some intervening action by their employers, become eligible for overtime.” That’s a notable change that can have a direct impact on your employee’s compensation.
Who doesn’t love payday? For many employees, payday makes them feel better than Christmas. As a small business owner, you have the freedom to decide how to handle payroll at your organization. Talk about a huge responsibility. It’s important to get it right, as payroll done wrong can cost a small business owner time and money.
There are a few different methods for distributing employee pay, but savvy business owners find that electronic payroll methods like direct deposit and payroll cards streamline the process and keep employees satisfied. We explored the different types of payment methods to help you determine the best payroll solution for your business.
Ever wonder the reasoning behind a paycheck? As in, why does one employee make a certain amount, while another earns more or less? It all comes down to an organization’s compensation philosophy.
Does your organization have a compensation philosophy? A WorldatWork survey found that more than nine in 10 companies have a compensation philosophy; however, that doesn’t mean their compensation philosophies are any good. Nearly one in three compensation philosophies aren’t in writing, while about half of employees don’t even know or understand them. This presents a huge missed opportunity for companies, as there are many benefits to pay transparency.
Intrigued? Read on to learn what compensation philosophy is and how your organization can benefit from having a good compensation strategy in place.