Currently, New Jersey overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply to summer camps (and other summer conferences and retreats) operated by non-profit or religious corporations or associations. On June 5, 2014, the Assembly proposed an amendment to New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law (A3291) that would (1) expand the overtime and minimum wage exemption to any employees of private summer camps who are under the age of 22 and who had been enrolled in high school, college, or vocational classes immediately prior to starting employment at the camp; and would (2) expand the overtime exemption (but not the minimum wage exemption) to any employees (regardless of age) who work at overnight private summer camps during the months of June, July, August, or September. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Labor Committee.
On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has issued procedural rules for enforcement of whistleblower complaints alleging violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). The new final rule, set out in Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, protects employees who have disclosed information of a possible violation of the FDCA.
Assembly Bill (AB) 51, which attempts to ban certain mandatory arbitration agreements, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020. However, a coalition of business organizations filed a suit on December 9, 2019 seeking to enjoin AB 51.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently appointed a Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the minimum wage for New York State fast food employees. Throughout the recent public meeting process, fast food employers have roundly criticized any proposed minimum wage increase focused solely on one industry as unfair. Nonetheless, on July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor’s Fast Food Wage Board announced their widely-expected recommendation to increase the minimum wage in the fast food industry up to $15.00 per hour.