On September 21, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill requiring all employers with fifty or more employees to provide written notice to employees of their right to be free from gender inequity or bias in pay, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Employers need not take any action until after the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issues notice forms, which may not occur until after the new law’s November 21, 2012 effective date.

The Commissioner will issue forms of the written notice in English, Spanish, and other languages to be determined. The employer must post the notice in a conspicuous manner and in a place accessible to all employees. The employer also must provide written notice to all employees on the following occasions:  

  • Within thirty days of the Commissioner’s issuance of the forms;
  • At the time of the employee’s hiring;
  • Annually on or before December 31st; and
  • At any time upon an employee’s first request.

The employer can provide notice to employees through the following media:

  • E-mail;
  • Printed material such as a pay check insert, brochure, attachment to an employee handbook, or flyer; or
  • Internet or intranet web site that is for the exclusive use of all employees and can be accessed by all employees, and the employer notifies employees of the posting of the notice on the web site.

The notice must contain an acknowledgment to be signed or electronically acknowledged by the employee within thirty days of receipt.

Although the Commissioner’s notice forms may not be available for several months, employers should be ready to both post and distribute this notice in accordance with the new law once these forms become available.