Governor Christie Signs Bill Requiring Employers to Provide Gender Equality Pay Notice

10.11.2012

Author: John R.Vreeland, Esq. and Douglas J. Klein, Esq. View the article (pdf) Adding to existing employer notice and posting obligations, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill that will require New Jersey employers to provide written notification to employees informing them of their right to gender equality in pay, compensation, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.  The law, which supplements New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, will apply to all New Jersey employers with 50 or more employees. The law takes effect November 21, 2012. The bill follows a great deal of recent attention to wage and hour and equal pay practices.  For example, in 2009, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing equal-pay lawsuits resets each time compensation is paid pursuant to a discriminatory decision or practice. There has also been a noticeable increase the last several years in USDOL and NJDOL wage and hour investigations, and New Jersey employers should assume that the equal pay posting and notice requirements will be added to the investigators' checklist for onsite inspections. To read the full article please click above.