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Legal requirements for immigrant workers in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2022 | Firm News

Immigrant workers have protected rights in New Jersey. However, every employee requires legal authorization to work here. It’s important for employers to understand how best to navigate the legal landscape of such approval, including all immigrant-related issues in employment.

Legal authorization documents for immigrant workers New Jersey

Immigrant workers need valid documents and legal employment contracts to work here. First, let’s look at the documentation that an immigrant worker requires to work in New Jersey. Green card holders can work here without any problems. You can also use an immigrant Visa to secure employment. If an immigrant has a temporary protected status (TPS), they need an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The employee with an EAD should also be ready for a status update. The update occurs 60 days before the TPS expires. Employees with Visas and Green Cards can sign long-term employment contracts in New Jersey.

Wage law in New Jersey

New Jersey labor laws guarantee all compensation for work. In most cases, employees receive payment twice a month or on particular dates. All employees should not experience excessive delays in accessing their funds. For those who work in supervisory roles, executive positions, top management and other special categories, paydays may be at the end of the month.

Tax default penalties

Tax compliance is critical for all workers, including immigrant workers. Everyone should strive to comply with taxation laws. One way to improve adherence is keeping track of the due date or deadline for filing tax returns. Employees should ensure that their regular remittances are up-to-date to avoid a 1% penalty for each defaulted month. The maximum penalty is 25% of all unpaid tax. Willful tax avoidance could also lead to imprisonment, i.e., up to five years or a maximum financial fine of $100,000. Therefore, tax compliance is crucial for working in New Jersey.