Search Site
21 Main St, Ste 352 | Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Call For Consultation 551-245-8894

What You Should Know About the New Jersey Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights

What You Should Know About the New Jersey Temporary Workers’ Bill of RightsThousands of people are hired in New Jersey every year to work in warehousing, manufacturing, transportation and other fields — many by temp agencies who farm them out on a contract basis. Temp workers historically have been denied protections afforded to permanent employees, making them vulnerable to wage theft, unfair working arrangements and other abuses by the agencies that control their terms of employment. But a new law that takes effect in 2023 aims to put an end to this inequality.

The New Jersey Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights provides more rights for the estimated 127,000 temp workers in the state. Here are some of the key provisions:

  • Equal wages — Temp and staffing agencies must pay workers a wage that is at least equal to the average wage of permanent employees who have similar job responsibilities. Temp workers cannot be paid less than minimum wage after deductions for meals and equipment.
  • Transparency — Pay stubs must show both the worker’s wage and the amount the staffing agency charges the company for placement fees. This lets the worker see how much the company is paying the agency and compare that to the compensation the worker takes home.
  • 48 hours’ notice — Companies must give temporary workers at least 48 hours’ notice if there is to be a change in the worker’s schedule, shift or location of assignments.
  • Wage notice — Agencies must provide workers with written notice, in both English and the worker’s primary language, giving information about wages, job location, nature of work to be performed, whether meals and equipment are provided and other important details about the job.
  • Transportation — Agencies cannot charge workers for costs of transportation to and from the job location.
  • Freedom to leave — Agencies cannot take steps to stop a temp worker from leaving their temp job to take a permanent job offer elsewhere.
  • Retaliation — Staffing agencies and employers cannot retaliate against workers for exercising their rights under the new law. If a worker is terminated or otherwise disciplined within 90 days of exercising their rights, there is a rebuttable presumption that retaliation has occurred.
  • Retaliation relief — If a worker prevails in court on a retaliation claim, they are entitled to recover compensation of no less than $20,000 per incident, plus attorneys’ fees.

Most of the law goes into effect on August 5, 2023, but the provisions on notice and retaliation became effective on May 7. As a law firm that has represented employees in New Jersey for decades, we look forward to helping temporary workers exercise their rights under the new law.

If you are a temp worker in New Jersey and are concerned that your rights are not being protected, the lawyers of Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. Hackensack are here to help. Call us at 551-245-8894 or contact us online for a consultation.

Neil  H.  Deutsch Attorney Photo
Neil H. Deutsch

Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for his…

Bruce  L.  Atkins Attorney Photo
Bruce L. Atkins
Senior Partner

Bruce L. Atkins is the Senior Managing Partner at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt P.C., a prominent plaintiff employment law firm in the tri-state area. Mr. Atkins believes employees’ rights should be aggressively pursued when they’ve been wrongfully dealt with by their employers. He brings this philosophy to his practice when considering each case and its…

Adam  J.  Kleinfeldt Attorney Photo
Adam J. Kleinfeldt

Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigation such as discrimination, retaliation and whistle blowing matters. He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a sexual…

Debra M. McGarvey Attorney Photo
Debra M. McGarvey

Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the…

Carly Skarbnik Meredith Attorney Photo
Carly Skarbnik Meredith

Carly Skarbnik Meredith, Esq. is a Partner at the firm. Carly has focused her career exclusively in the field of employment law. She has a plethora of experience representing both employees and employers with their employment issues, needs, and concerns. She believes representing both employees and employers has made her an extremely well-rounded client advocate.…


Go to the following links for descriptions of selection methodologies for Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSuper Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
No aspect of these advertisements has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Contact us

Quick Contact Form