On January 7, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published in the New Jersey Register a proposed form of notification in connection with the recently passed law regarding gender equality in the workplace. We previously posted
about this new law that requires employers with 50 or more employees to post and provide notice to employees of their right to be free from gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
Although this new law went into effect on November 19, 2012, employers are not obligated to comply with the notice posting requirement until the Commissioner of Labor issues the final form of notice. On January 7, the Commissioner published a proposed form of notification in the New Jersey Register. A copy of the proposed notification may be found here. Typically, the public would have 60-days, or until March 8, 2013, to submit comments about the proposed form of notification. But the Commissioner of Labor issued corrections to the proposed form of notice and also extended the comment period from March 8 to March 23, 2013. Additionally, the Commissioner will host a public hearing on the proposed form of notification on February 13, 2013.
New Jersey employers with 50 or more employees, whether or not those employees work inside or outside the State, will be required to begin meeting the new gender-equality notice requirements after the comment period expires and the Commissioner publishes a final form of notice. Please review this blog regularly for updates on this important regulatory action.