Ensuring employees receive the compensation they deserve, Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Pamela Lampitt and Wayne DeAngelo have sponsored legislation that strengthens enforcement procedures and criminal sanctions against employers who fail to pay wages required by law. The bill (A-2903), which also protects against failure to provide compensation or benefits, received final Legislative approval on Thursday with a 43-26-5 vote in the Assembly.
The bill sponsors released the following statements:
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union): “Workers across New Jersey deserve legislation that works in their best interest. This bill does just that. Employees in New Jersey are to be treated fairly and legally, with absolutely no exceptions. I am proud to fight for workers’ rights in New Jersey and to sponsor this legislation which I know will benefit workers across the state.”
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington): “Every individual employed in New Jersey is entitled to the legal wages their employer has agreed to pay them, including overtime. In order for New Jersey to prosper in the ways we know are possible, we must put New Jersey workers first, and I am honored to sponsor an important piece of legislation which shows we have the backs of our workforce.”
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex): “Above all else, this bill is about workers’ rights. Employers in New Jersey should be held to a high standard to treat their employees with the decency and legality they deserve. No one should be withheld one penny of the wages they are legally entitled to.”
The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk.