Commuter Benefits in New Jersey

May 9, 2019

On March 1, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 1567, the nation’s first state-wide law requiring employers to offer pre-tax transportation benefits to employees. Under the New Jersey Transit Benefits Law, New Jersey employers with at least 20 employees are required to offer transit benefits to all employees not covered by a collective-bargaining agreement as of March 1, 2019. Union employees must also be offered the benefit upon expiration of their collective-bargaining agreement. The benefit covers commuter highway vehicle and transit benefits — including parking — at the maximum benefit level allowed by federal law. For 2019, the maximum benefit levels are $265 per month for commuter highway vehicle benefits (or any transit pass) and $265 per month for parking. The New Jersey Labor Commissioner tasked with adopting rules that regulate the law’s administration and enforcement. The law goes into effect  March 1, 2020 or upon the promulgation of administration and enforcement rules by the Labor Commissioner,  whichever comes first.

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