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It’s been a busy May and June in the Legislature. Several employment & labor bills were passed and are on the Governor’s desk for consideration. Here are some bills that I have monitoring that could have a direct impact on your business.

A3480 (Downey, Lampitt) – Prohibits employers from using an applicant’s salary in determining a salary amount for the applicant at any stage in the hiring process including finalizing the employment contract.

NJBIA opposed this legislation because it does not permit an employer to seek or confirm a prospective employee’s wage or salary history after an offer of employment with compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee

A4870 (Prieto, Oliver) – Increases the minimum wage to $17.98 for subcontracted service workers at Newark Liberty Airport, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken terminal. In addition, the bill would provide substantial fringe benefits including vacation time, paid sick leave and supplemental wages for health and welfare. Including the supplemental wages the new minimum wage would be $22.25 per hour.

NJBIA opposed this legislation and our testimony can be found here.

A4927 (Prieto, Oliver) – Expands the number of employees who can collect paid family leave, the amount they could collect, and the number of weeks they can collect while doing nothing to the amount paid into the fund that pays these benefits. The bill also lowers the exemption threshold from employers with less than 50 employees to employers with less than 20 employees.

NJBIA opposed this legislation and our testimony can be found here.

S3176 (Madden, Mukherji) – Changes the year used to calculate Temporary Disability Insurance benefits and Family Leave Insurance benefits from the most recent calendar year to the most recent fiscal year.

NJBIA supported this bill because it will give private TDI providers more time to market and sell their services.

In other news, today is the deadline for a state budget to be passed and signed to avoid a state government shutdown. Follow us on twitter for daily updates on what’s going on in the State House today.

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