New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Employers' Obligations to Disclose Wage Information to Employees
Author: Michael J. Riccobono (Morristown)
Published Date: March 29, 2017
On February 15, 2017, a bill that would require all public and private employers to provide their employees with additional information regarding wage calculations advanced in the New Jersey General Assembly. Under current law, employers must furnish each employee with a statement of all deductions made from the employee’s wages for each pay period in which deductions were made. If passed, Assembly Bill No. 4245 would expand upon this obligation, and would require employers to also furnish the following information:
the employee’s gross earnings;
the employee’s net earnings;
the employee’s rate of pay; and
the number of hours worked by the employee during the pay period, if relevant to the employee’s wage calculation.
According to a statement accompanying the bill, by requiring the disclosure of this information, “employees will have the ability to determine whether their wages are being properly calculated” and will “increase employer accountability and protect employees from intentional or inadvertent wage calculation efforts.” A nearly identical bill, Senate Bill No. 2747, is currently pending before the Senate Labor Committee.
Michael J. Riccobono is an employment litigator who regularly defends employers against single- and multi-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and non-competition/non-solicitation matters before both state and federal courts and government agencies. He has represented employers of all sizes and from a number of different industries, ranging from international Fortune 500 corporations to closely-held and family businesses, in the financial, pharmaceutical,...