New Jersey Wage and Compensation Defense Attorney

Wage and compensation issues are very complicated.  Accordingly, it is important for employers to have trusted legal counsel to advise them on wage and compensation issues since failure to comply with the applicable wage and hour laws may expose employers to liability.   

What Qualifies as a Compensation Issue?

A compensation issue refers to a problem or disagreement regarding the amount of pay, benefits, or other forms of financial remuneration that an employee receives for their work. Some common examples of compensation issues include:

  • Disagreements over the amount of base salary or hourly wage
  • Differences of opinion regarding bonuses, commission, or profit-sharing plans
  • Concerns about the value of benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, or retirement plans
  • Issues with the fairness or consistency of raises or promotions
  • Complaints about the calculation of overtime pay or other forms of premium pay

Types of Wage and Compensation Issues

The types of wage and compensation issues for employers in New Jersey include failure to pay minimum wage, overtime violations, misclassification of employees, failure to comply with the New Jersey Equal Pay Act, and violation of the New Jersey Wage Theft Act. 

Solving Wage and Compensation Issues

As an employer, you can solve wage and compensation issues by, training staff on wage and hour issues, addressing employee concerns promptly, conducting internal audits, and most significantly, consulting with an employment attorney.  

Equal Pay

The New Jersey Equal Pay Act (NJ EPA) addresses wage discrimination based on gender. The law prohibits employers from paying unequal wages to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work unless the wage differential is based on seniority, merit, quantity or quality of production, or any other factor other than sex.

The NJ EPA requires that employers provide equal pay for equal work, regardless of the job title or position held by the employees. The law applies to all employers, regardless of size, and covers all employees.

It’s important for employers to understand their rights under the NJ EPA because the law provides employees with a private right of action to sue their employers for wage discrimination. In fact, if an employee prevails in a wage discrimination claim under the NJ EPA, they may be entitled to recover lost wages, liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees.

Pay Transparency

Pay transparency in New Jersey refers to the requirement for employers to provide information about their compensation practices and policies to employees and job applicants. The NJ EPA, which aims to address wage discrimination based on gender, contains provisions related to pay transparency.

Under the NJ EPA, employers are required to make available to employees, upon request, information about the wages and benefits of other employees who perform substantially similar work. This information must be provided in a timely manner, and employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who request or use the information.

Pay transparency promotes fairness and helps to prevent wage discrimination by allowing employees to compare their pay and benefits to those of their coworkers who perform similar work. Providing employees with access to this information helps to create a level playing field and ensures that all employees are fairly compensated for their work.

Consult an NJ Wage and Compensation Defense Attorney

CMS Employer Defense Attorneys are trusted counselors who help their clients navigate through complex wage and compensation issues. If you are in need of assistance from an Employer Defense Attorney with wage and compensation issues, please contact Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC.