The New Jersey Wage Payment Law seems like it should be rather simple, but it’s perhaps the most complicated employment law in the state. Full of traps for the unwary, the law can spell big trouble for even innocent mistakes, with fines of up to $1,000 per violation.

The state’s Division of Wage and Hour Compliance enforces the law, which covers all New Jersey private employers, even those with only one employee. It requires at least two paydays per calendar month unless the employer specifically sets another pay period. If a payday falls on a non-business day, you must dispense payroll on the last business day prior to the regularly scheduled payday.

The wage payment law stipulates the conditions under which an employer may withhold or divert any portion of an employee’s wages. In addition to all payroll taxes and other diversions required or authorized by the federal or state government, employers may withhold or dive...(register to read more)

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