On January 1, 2017, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.38 to $8.44 per hour.  This six-cent increase is the first rise in minimum wage in New Jersey since January 2015.  This news comes shortly after Governor Chris Christie vetoed a Democratic-backed bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2021.  As discussed by HR Legalist in August, Governor Christie vetoed the bill following concerns within the business community over increased supply and labor costs, potential price increases or layoffs, and pressure on businesses to leave New Jersey. (Continue reading)