Minimum Wage Increase Begins on January 1, 2022

Minimum Wage Increase Begins on January 1, 2022
Beginning Saturday, January 1, 2022, the statewide minimum wage will increase by $1.00 to a total of $13.00 an hour for most hourly workers. This increase is part of a five-year plan passed by Governor Murphy in 2019 to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2024. After the wage increase to $15.00 an hour, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) intends to continue to increase the minimum wage annually using a calculation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
 
Employees who are not subject to the $13.00 an hour minimum wage include: 
  • Employers with less than six workers and Seasonal workers: The minimum wage will increase from $11.10 to $11.90 an hour.
  • Agricultural workers: The minimum wage will increase from $10.44 to $11.05 an hour.
  • Workers who receive tips: The minimum cash wage will increase from $4.13 to $5.13 an hour with a maximum tip credit of $7.87. If the employee’s cash wage and tips do not add up to at least the state’s current minimum wage, the establishment must pay the difference. 
If you have any concerns regarding the increase in minimum wage and how to prepare for it, please feel free to contact our Employment and Labor practice at (973) 729-1880 or via email: