Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy passed  landmark equal pay legislation, which will take effect on July 1, 2018 and impact employers statewide.  The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act  (Act), expands employee rights under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), and prohibits employers from paying an employee who is a member of any protected class a lower rate of compensation or benefits than an employee who is not protected and who performs “substantially similar work.”  Unlike some equal pay laws that focus on gender, the Act applies to employees of all protected categories under state law, including, but not limited to: gender, race, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, military status, disability, and marital status.  The law does not specifically define “substantially similar work”; however, the statute states that it this term will be viewed in light of the employees’ respective skills, effort and responsibility. Continue Reading