New Jersey posts proposed rules for Gender Equality Notice
On January 7th, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published the rule proposal and call for comments regarding the recently passed New Jersey Gender Fairness Notice. While this act took effect November 19th of 2012, the posting and distribution requirements contained in the law are not triggered until the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development issues the form of notification “by regulation.” This is the first step in that process.
Written comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until March 8th. At that time comments will be weighed and once the rule is finalized and a notice of adoption is published in the New Jersey Register, employers will have 30 days to comply with the law. This would mean the earliest date employers must comply would be around the second week of April, and this could easily be extended a bit.
As a reminder, this law applies to all employers with 50 or more employees in the state of New Jersey. The notice must be conspicuously posted as well as distributed to and acknowledged by each New Jersey employee. Distribution must occur, 1) within 30 days of posting by the Labor Commissioner, 2) at the time of hiring, 3) on or before December 31st annually, and 4) upon first request of the employee. Employers also need to retain a signed acknowledgment from each employee that should be received within 30 days of distribution of the notice.