Requirement to Offer Commuter Benefits in New York City Affects New Jersey and Connecticut Employers

Author: Rena Pirsos, XpertHR Legal Editor

Implementation Date: January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, a New York City (NYC) ordinance requires certain employers to offer employees a choice of various commuter benefits on a pre-tax or no-cost basis. NYC enforces penalties on employers who fail to comply as of July 1, 2016.

The NYC ordinance extends to out-of-state employers that often send employees to work in NYC if certain conditions are met. As a result, employers in the states of Connecticut and New Jersey that frequently send employees to work in NYC due to its close proximity are required to comply under those conditions.