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.