On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed A-1 (Lampitt), otherwise known as the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act,” into law. While the CCSNJ supports equal pay regardless of gender, the scope of the law goes well beyond both federal and state requirements, which makes compliance and recordkeeping difficult for the business community. The CCSNJ had concerns with the following aspects of the new law: allowing for juries to award treble damages (triple the amount of the actual/compensatory damages) to plaintiffs; placing the burden of proof on the employer to justify any pay differential between an employee in a protected class and one not in a protected class; and, requiring a comparison of wage rates in all of the business’s operations and facilities regardless of geography. The bill went into effect July 1, 2018.
Read CCSNJ's Position here.