Workplace standards are covered under NJ labor laws and regulated by the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance.
The minimum wage and hour law was first introduced in 1896 as an arbitration method to prevent labor strikes. A national minimum was set for most workers in the public and private sector with the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938. This was an attempt to control sweat shops and manufacturing industries. In New Jersey this law established a minimum wage requirement at $7.25 an hour and overtime pay rate at 1.5x the hourly wage. It also sets guidelines for employment of the disabled, their wages and working conditions, and sets mandatory overtime restrictions for healthcare workers.
The New Jersey State Payment Law sets guidelines for unpaid or withheld wages depending on time, manner and mode of payment. This law also prohibits the withholding of wages for illegal deductions and protects employer fringe benefits packages.
Governor of Snyder of Michigan signed laws that deny unions the right to require membership as a condition for employment. This makes it much more difficult for unions to protect workers and hurts union membership and organized labor overall, as this has been seen in other states starring with Wisconsin unions battle with Governor Walker. Currently, 23 other states have signed such measures into law.