New Jersey employers must comply with minimum wage and annual notice obligations by January 1.

Effective January 1, 2015, the state minimum wage will increase to $8.38 per hour. The New Jersey Department of Labor recently issued a new Wage and Hour Law Abstract poster that reflects the increased minimum wage. The poster must be posted beginning January 1, 2015; until then, the poster reflecting the current minimum wage should remain on display.

New Jersey employers should also remember that state law imposes two annual notice requirements that must be complied with by year’s end.

First, New Jersey employers with 10 or more employees must distribute to their employees a copy of the “Conscientious Employee Protection Act” notice. This notice must be displayed in the workplace and distributed to employees once each year, either electronically or in hard copy, and in both English and Spanish.

In addition, employers with 50 or more employees must provide all NJ-based employees with a copy of the “Right To Be Free of Gender Inequity” notice upon hire and on or before December 31 of each year. Employers should obtain a signed acknowledgement from all employees, either in writing or electronically, confirming that the notice has been received.

New York: WTPA Notices must go out. The bill which attempted to repeal the WTPA (Wage Theft Prevention Act) has not been signed into law; the statute is still in effect. Thus, all employees are reminded that annual WTPA Notices must still go out in 2015.