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New Jersey Enacts Domestic Workers Employment Rights

Effective July 1, 2024, the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act (NJ SB 723) establishes extensive rights and protections for domestic workers by:  

  • Requiring employers to provide written contracts outlining job duties, wages, hours, and break times; 
  • Requiring employers to provide notice of employee rights including anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-retaliation rights; 
  • Mandating rest and meal break requirements; 
  • Imposing health, safety, and privacy protections; 
  • Eliminating certain domestic workers’ exclusions from the wage and hour law by ensuring that domestic workers are paid minimum wage and guaranteed overtime after 40 hours in a workweek; 
  • Requiring employers to give notice before terminating domestic workers; 
  • Prohibiting employer retaliation; and 
  • Ensuring domestic workers receive notice about their legal rights. 

The state is expected to develop a model written agreement, including notice of rights and recordkeeping templates. 

Next Steps 

Employers who employ domestic workers should review their current practices to determine what adjustments they may need to make to comply with the new regulations. 

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