The N.J. Legislature has enacted a bill raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the course of the next five years. Governor Murphy will sign the bill into law on Monday and the first increase is set to take place in July.
- Increase the state minimum wage to $10/hour on July 1, 2019;
- Increase the state minimum wage to $11/hour on January 1, 2020 and then the minimum wage would increase by $1/hour every January 1st until it reaches $15/hour on January 1, 2024.
- For seasonal workers and employees at small businesses of five workers or less, the base minimum wage would reach $15/hour by January 1, 2026. By January 1, 2028, workers in these groups will receive the minimum wage inclusive of inflation adjustments that take place from 2024 to 2028.
- For agricultural workers, the base minimum wage would increase to $12.50/hour by January 1, 2024. The state's current minimum wage is $8.85/hour.