New Jersey Dress Codes laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Dress Codes: What you need to know

Deductions from the pay of employees for uniforms are prohibited unless the deduction (for purchase, laundering, or dry cleaning) is approved by the employer and authorized by employees or their collective bargaining agents (NJ Admin. Code Sec. 12:56-17.1;NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:11-4.4).
If employers require their employees to wear uniforms that are not appropriate for street wear, the employer must pay for the uniforms. If an employer requires an employee to wear a particular type of clothing that is appropriate for street wear, but the employer requires the employee to buy more than one style, type, or color of that clothing during a work year, the employer must reimburse the employee.
Employers must pay for the maintenance and upkeep of uniforms for kitchen people, cooks, and dishwashers.
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Under the state law, employers are required to accommodate employee religious practices, including requests for time off for religious observance, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship on the employer's business. Reasonable accommodation may include modifying an employer's dress code.
"Undue hardship" is defined as an accommodation requiring unreasonable expense or difficulty, unreasonable interference with safe or efficient business operations, or a violation of a bona fide seniority system or collective bargaining agreement (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 10:5-12(q)). In determining whether an accommodation creates undue hardship, an employer may consider the cost of lost productivity; the number of individuals who will need the accommodation; and the cost of retaining, hiring, or transferring employees from one facility to another. A large employer, for example, may have an easier time ...

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