Overtime Law Summary in New Jersey
New Jersey overtime laws are highlighted in the chart below.
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Note: New legislation, high court rulings (federal court decisions included), ballot initiatives, and other influences can change state laws. Please refer to a qualified attorney or complete your own research to verify the laws in your state to ensure accuracy.
What Are the Overtime Laws in New Jersey?
While New Jersey Law does not require overtime pay for working more than eight hours in a single day, it does require overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 in a single workweek. Employers must pay nonexempt employees 1.5 x their standard pay rate for each additional hour over 40.
New Jersey follows the same standards as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 in terms of classifying exempt employees. This means that not all employees in New Jersey qualify for overtime pay. The FLSA is a federal law designed to establish a standard for how employers treat and pay employees.
Who Qualifies as Exempt?
Understanding which types of employees are exempt from federal and state overtime laws is complicated. Administrators, executives, and professional employees all classify as exempt. There is an assessment to figure out if an employee is exempt from overtime pay involving an analysis of both salary and duties.
A duties test involves looking at the type of work that the employee completes concerning his or her “job title.” An employee meets the salary test if they are paid a set amount for work each week without any deductions based on the quality or quantity of work. Also, they must be paid a federally required minimum of $455 in 2017.
Understanding Wage Laws
Here are a few additional resources to look into if you still have questions about overtime laws in New Jersey:
- Federal Wage Law: The Fair Labor Standards Act
- New Jersey Employment Laws
- Official State Codes
- U.S. Labor Code
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