On March 27, 2014, the Wage Transparency Act (S1038) was passed by the New Jersey Senate. The act would require public contractors to report to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development the gender, race, job title, occupational category, and total compensation of every employee employed in the state in connection with a public contract. The act would also require public contractors to provide the Commissioner with an update each time there is a significant change in any of the required information that the employer is required to report or other significant change in employment status (e.g., medical leave of 12 weeks or more, hiring, termination, a change in part-time or full-time status, or a change in “employee” or “contractor” status). A similar bill (A2345) was introduced in the Assembly and was referred to the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee on February 6, 2014.
Note: This article was published in the May 2014 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.