A bill (A3429) to establish a training wage was introduced on November 13, 2008. If signed into law, this bill would permit employers to pay a training wage of not less than 85% (of the state minimum wage) to individuals above the age of 15 and below the age of 21 years of age, provided they are enrolled in an established on-the-job or other training program. The training wage cannot last for more than 90 days, and no employee can earn the training wage for more than two employers during any one-year period. Also, employers cannot utilize an employee paid the training wage to replace a current or laid off employee.
Note: This article was published in the December 2008 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.