Nobody ever said running a business was a walk in the park. As an employer, you have a lot of balls in the air, and compliance is just one of them. A really, really important one that, if dropped, could cost you a whole lot of money.
In addition to federal regulations, each state has their own share of employment laws that business owners need to be aware of. Here, we’re highlighting some of these key state-specific requirements and laws, and offering guidance to help you keep up.
Bear in mind, this list is not comprehensive, and there may be local or industry-specific employment requirements that your business needs to comply with. It’s best to consult with counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, as Justworks does not provide legal advice.
Payroll Tax Accounts
Because Justworks reports state unemployment taxes on your behalf, you’ll need to close your New Jersey state unemployment and withholding accounts prior to joining our platform. Here are the steps to close your account.
Family Leave Act
Under the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJ FLA), employers with 30 or more total employees must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave to eligible employees in New Jersey, in a 24-month period. This leave may be taken for the purposes of bonding with a new child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
New Jersey Office of the Attorney General: New Jersey Family Leave Act: Fact Sheet
Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave
New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) are partial wage-replacement programs for New Jersey workers who qualify.
Paid Sick Leave
Under New Jersey’s paid sick leave law, employers must provide sick leave for their employees, either through accrual or a grant of a number of hours, and are required to display a notice that details employee rights under the law.
New Jersey employers can find the most up-to-date minimum wage requirements on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development website.
An employee’s final paycheck may be issued on the next regularly scheduled payday. Accrued, unused vacation time need not be paid out to the employee.
Additionally, the unemployment insurance notice (Form BC-10, “Instructions for Claiming Unemployment Benefits”) must be provided to all separating employees, regardless of the reason for leaving. You can access the form here.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.