New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie recently signed the Gender Pay Parity Bill (the “Bill”) which impacts New Jersey-based companies that employ fifty or more individuals. Under the Bill, employers must post as well as physically provide a new notice to their employees to inform them of their right to be free from gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
The actual notice has not yet been drafted by the New Jersey Department of Labor (“NJDOL”). Therefore, while technically the Bill goes into effect on November 21, 2012, employers will have thirty days to comply with the notice requirements of the Bill from the date the NJDOL actually issues the required notice.
Employers have to post the notice at their work location. It is prudent to post the notice in the same location as other required posters. In addition to the notice having to be in English and Spanish, the notice must also be provided in any language that is spoken by at least 10% of an employer’s workforce (provided that the NJDOL has issued a notice in that language).
All new employees will need to receive a copy of the notice on hire. Furthermore, each year all employees must receive a copy of the notification by December 31st. Finally, employees at any time may request a notice from their employer.
Employers may provide the notification to their employees through:
· printed material, including pay check insert, flyer or as an attachment to an employee manual or policy book; or
· via an internet or intranet site if the site is for the exclusive use of all employees, can be accessed by all employees and the employer provides notice of the posting to all employees.
Within thirty days of receipt of their notice employees must provide their employer a signed acknowledgement (or electronic verification) that they received this notice.
If you have any questions with respect to the Gender Pay Parity Bill, please do not hesitate to contact our office.