NJRHA Positions

Minimum Wage

We oppose legislation that would automatically increase the minimum wage to $15.00. We support a slow increase over several years while adding a minors’ wage, seasonal wage, and training wage. We also oppose any change in the tipped wage.

 

Paid Sick Leave

We oppose the current legislation in the Assembly and Senate. We support the New Brunswick Ordinance. 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. We also support state pre-emption. This helps multi-unit operators who operate in more than one municipality.

 

Immigration Reform

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, which is currently extended through 2019. It promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as members of target groups and provides a federal tax credit to employers who hire these individuals.

 

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 the ABC regulations.

 

Predictive Scheduling

We oppose any kind of mandated scheduling law, as do most of our employees. This would prohibit employers from allowing employees a flexible work schedule. Many New Jersey businesses are seasonal and weather-dependent. This type of scheduling law is unrealistic and would be impossible for businesses to compile.