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Jul 20, 2018

New Jersey Moves to Bar Confidentiality in Certain Settlements

Consistent with what appears to be a recent legislative trend throughout the country, New Jersey Senate Bill S121 would bar the use of confidentiality provisions in the settlement of certain discrimination and sexual harassment suits.  On June 7, 2018, this bill passed the Senate almost unanimously.  » Read More

Mar 14, 2018

It’s a State of Emergency; I Can’t Make It To Work

Do you have to report to work if a State of Emergency is declared?  Yes.  No law in New Jersey requires a private employer to close or release employees from work due to a state of emergency being declared.  A Bill currently pending before the New Jersey Legislature is trying to change the law, but has not made it very far to date.  » Read More

Nov 09, 2017

Join Us For Our Hot Topics Seminar!

The last in this year’s series of complimentary breakfast seminars will  feature a panel of speakers presenting in-depth on six emergent topics, which include:

Employee Leave and Disability Issues in Employee Benefits – Charles A. Bruder
Current Issues on Employee Leaves – Patrick T. » Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Is It Only A Matter Of Time Before New Jersey Employees Using Medical Marijuana Gain Legal Protections?

There has been a fair amount of press recently speculating as to how New Jersey’s attitude towards marijuana use may change after a new governor is elected.  Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has stated he is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, and Republican candidate Kim Guadagno is opposed to marijuana legalization.  » Read More

Jun 27, 2017

Two Significant Employment Laws Await Governor’s Decision

Previously, we reported on two bills making their way through New Jersey’s Legislature which if passed, would impact employers and employees statewide.

The first bill seeks to amend New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance Law by greatly expanding the benefits provided by this law.  » Read More

Mar 15, 2017

Increased Benefits Proposed For New Jersey Paid Family Leave Insurance

New Jersey is one of five states which provide for paid family leave.  Under New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance law, eligible employees can take up to six weeks of leave to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.  » Read More

Nov 21, 2016

Ruling on Challenge to New FLSA Overtime Regulations Expected Tomorrow

In the last two months, we have written about two lawsuits that challenge the Department of Labor’s new regulations on the “white collar” overtime exemptions, which go into effect on December 1. It now appears that we will receive a key ruling in this case on November 22. » Read More

Feb 27, 2015

Effective March 1: New Law on Employee Background Checks

Just as a friendly reminder, on March 1, 2015, the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, signed into law by Governor Christie several months ago, will go into effect. The “Ban the Box Law,” as it has come to be known, restricts the ability of employers with 15 or more employees to conduct criminal background checks on potential new employees or current employees applying for new positions within the company.  » Read More

Feb 25, 2015

Definition of “Spouse” Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Expanded to Include Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that on February 25, 2015, it will issue a Final Rule that revises and expands the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Under the revised definition, “spouse” will include all individuals in legal marriages, including husband and wife, and individuals in same-sex and common-law marriages.  » Read More

Jan 08, 2015

Department Of Labor Anticipates Increasing The Number Of White-Collar Employees Entitled To Overtime Pay In 2015

Under current, longstanding federal law, certain employees are considered “exempt” and are not entitled to overtime compensation. An exempt employee must be paid on a salaried basis and since 2004, the minimum salary required for an exemption has been $455/week, $23,660/year. » Read More