Q: A NJ employer required its hourly employees to work on Labor Day even though the employer normally gives this day off as a paid holiday. Is the employer required to pay time and a half for hours worked on Labor Day?  

A: Probably not. NJ law does not require employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid holiday leave. NJ employers can require an employee to work holidays without paying a premium, such as 1 times the regular rate, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws or the employer has an established policy or employment contracts that require such premium pay.

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