Updated June 29th, 2017.
We oppose legislation that would automatically increase the minimum wage to $15.00. We support a slow increase over several years while including a minors’ wage, seasonal wage, and training wage. We also oppose any change in the tipped wage, since employees are guaranteed minimum wage.
Paid Sick Leave
We support the New Brunswick Ordinance as a model for state law. The ordinance allows for employees to take time off when they need it for personal health reasons or to take care of a family member. It also allows for businesses to sustain daily operations. We also support state pre-emption, which helps multi-unit operators who operate in more than one municipality.
We oppose any kind of mandated scheduling law, as do most employees. This would prohibit employers from allowing the flexible work schedule desired by many employees in the hospitality industry. Many New Jersey businesses are seasonal and weather-dependent. This type of scheduling law is unrealistic and it would be impossible for businesses to comply.
Liquor License Reform
We oppose any legislation that does not acknowledge the investment of current license holders. Additionally, we oppose any expansive legislation that floods the market with new licensees. We do support real compensation to existing licensees. We support legislation that would utilize pocket licenses that have not been utilized and aren’t in compliance with ABC regulations.
We support comprehensive and responsible immigration reform including a workable employee verification system, worker and visa programs, and an earned path to permanent residence for certain immigrants.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
We support a permanent extension of WOTC. The WOTC is currently extended through 2019 and promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as members of target groups, and provides a federal tax credit to employers who hire these individuals.