Friday, January 18, 2019


Details on $15 Minimum Wage Agreement Released

On Thursday, January 24 the Assembly Labor Committee will consider A-15 (Coughlin), which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over a five-year period for most businesses reaching $15 per hour in 2024. The $15 per hour rate represents a nearly 60 percent increase over the current minimum wage rate of $8.85.
The phase-in would be over a seven-year period for small businesses (defined as businesses with less than six employees) and businesses with seasonal employees reaching $15 per hour in 2026.

Agricultural workers minimum wage rate will rise to $12.50 per hour by 2024. Although spared the $15 per hour rate, this is the highest wage for farm workers in the Northeast.

As outlined in A-15 (Coughlin), for most businesses the minimum wage would raise to $10 per hour on July 1, 2019, $11 per hour on January 1, 2020, and then increase by $1 per hour on January 1 of each year until reaching $15 per hour in 2024.
A-15 (Coughlin) is not a Constitutional Amendment. This measure will have to pass both Houses of the Legislature and then move to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk, who has been a vocal supporter of a $15 minimum wage, to be signed into law.
The CCSNJ will testify at Thursday’s Committee hearing. Provide your thoughts, feedback and comments to Christina M. Renna, Senior Vice President, at

Click the links below to email the members of the Assembly Labor Committee.
Tell them how a $15 minimum wage will impact your business. 
Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli