Workers in New Jersey have a right to a statement every time that you are paid (but it doesn't require as much information as it should).
The pay statement only has to show each deduction that was made from your pay.
It's better to get more information (for example, how much you were paid, how many hours you worked, how much overtime you were paid, and what your wage rate is). Hopefully, since your boss has to give you’re a deduction statement anyway, he'll give you more information.
Public workers (federal, state, county, and municiple) are not covered.
What difference does it make if you get a pay stub? Without a pay stub, workers can't tell if they are being paid for all their hours and if the right amounts are being deducted. If you don't get a pay stub, it’s especially important to keep track of your pay and hours.
What can I do to get a pay stub? The New Jersey Department of Labor enforces the law that you have to get a statement that shows the deductions from your paycheck. If you don't, call the office and ask for a Wage and Hour Inspector.
If your boss only gives a statement showing what deductions were made from your pay (which is all the law requires), go to whoever does payroll and ask for explanations every time you don't understand how much you were paid or for how many hours. If everyone does this, you'll know that you're being paid correctly and maybe your boss will decide it would be easier to issue pay stubs.
If you have a union, you have many more rights. You may already have a right to a pay stub with more helpful information because your union negotiated it. If you and your co-workers want to get pay stubs, talk to the shop steward or union representative about how to get the company to issue them. If all else fails, you can make it a demand in your next contract negotiations.
The law: NJ Statute Annotated §34:11-4.6