NJ Spotlight News: Minimum wage up by $1 an hour in NJ, bringing it to $12 for most low-income workers

By John Reitmeyer
NJ Spotlight News, Dec 31, 2020

The hourly minimum wage in New Jersey goes up by $1 for most low-income workers starting Friday, bringing it to $12. The mandatory pay increase is the latest installment in the state’s ongoing ramp-up to a $15 hourly minimum wage and comes during the economic downturn triggered by an international pandemic that has hit low-income workers particularly hard. ...

New Jersey is among 20 U.S. states where low-income workers will get mandatory raises at the start of 2021, according to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of businesses and executives that advocates for fairer pay for low-income workers. ...

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of ECOS, a cleaning-products company with manufacturing plants in New Jersey and several other states where the minimum wage is rising in 2021, called the pay hikes for low-income workers “more important than ever,” citing the ongoing health crisis.

“When you take care of your team, they take care of your company and customers,” said Vlahakis-Hanks, a member of the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage network.

“We’re very glad to see minimum wage increases in all the states where we manufacture and many others across the country,” she said. ...

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