Assembly Labor

The Labor Committee is the panel that oversees legislation regarding unemployment, workers’ compensation and disability benefits, workplace safety, employee training programs, family leave, and the minimum wage.
Democratic Research Aide:  Nicole A. Brown   
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Freiman, Mukherji and Murphy Bill Establishing Retirement Savings Plan Signed into Law

Creates Automatic Payroll Deduction IRA for Employees Without a Retirement Savings Plan

Saving for the future is becoming easier for many New Jersey workers thanks to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman, Raj Mukherji and Carol A. Murphy that was signed into law today.

The law (A-4134) establishes the "New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act" and creates an automatic enrollment payroll deduction Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for private sector workers without access to a retirement savings plan through their employer. It is designed to promote retirement savings for employees in a convenient, low cost and portable manner.
"When companies do not offer automatic savings deductions, employees are less likely to save," said Freiman (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon). "In fact, only 5 percent of employees save for retirement on a consistent basis without a payroll deduction. "I am glad to see this bill being enacted into law so we can now encourage more employees to make a bigger investment into their future by saving."

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Full Assembly Approves Bill to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections for New Jersey Workers

Legislation Would Prohibit Discrimination Based On Salary History

Aiming to close the significant wage gap between women and men, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history in the application process was approved Monday by the full Assembly by a vote of 53-24-2.

“In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that’s not the world we live in,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “This bill provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires.”

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Freiman Introduces Bills to Support New Minimum Wage Law

Measures Strike Balance for Working Families, Businesses

As part of a legislative effort to ensure that newly passed minimum wage legislation works as it was intended by providing a means for New Jersey families to earn a livable wage, yet still allowing the state's businesses community to thrive, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) released the following statement Thursday regarding three new measures he recently introduced:

"I fully believe our hard-working residents deserve a living wage that allows them to support their families, and the minimum wage law passed earlier this year does right by the people of New Jersey in helping them to accomplish that. As a next step, I introduced three pieces of legislation to ensure that our employees, along with our small businesses, are thriving under the new law.

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