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Dec 17, 2019

Don’t Forget the Do’s and Don’ts of Company Holiday Parties this Season!

Here is an oldie but goodie post from last year that we thought we’d share again. ‘Tis the season!

With the holiday season in full swing, we thought we would remind everyone about the “do’s and don’ts of company holiday parties.” Here is an article published a couple of years ago in NJ Business Magazine in which our own Pat Collins provides insight on some of the things that employers must be aware of when hosting the office party. » Read More

Oct 08, 2019

5 Workplace Discrimination Examples Based on Immigration Status and National Origin

Last month, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) adopted enforcement guidance on its prohibition of discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived “alienage and citizenship status” and “national origin.” The NYCCHR highlighted the following demographics of our city’s melting pot:

  • Approximately 3.2 million residents (37% of the city’s population) were born outside of the country
  • More than 50% of children in the city have a foreign-born parent
  • Approximately 60% of residents in the city live with at least one immigrant in the household
  • With hundreds of languages spoken throughout the five boroughs, New York is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world
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Aug 16, 2019

Employment and Wage Laws Apply to All Employees Regardless of Immigration Status

In the wake of the new minimum wage law passed earlier this month, eight immigrant workers have filed a lawsuit against Caribbean Car Wash Inc. in Elizabeth, New Jersey (CCW), alleging CCW paid them less than $5 per hour for many years and denied them overtime because of their immigration status, or lack thereof.  » Read More

Jul 26, 2019

New Jersey Law Bans Employers from Asking About Salary History

On July 25, 2019, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed a law that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  (A similar law was vetoed by former Governor Chris Christie in 2017.)  New Jersey joins a growing number of states and cities that have, or are considering, passing salary history bans. » Read More