On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The DTSA creates a new federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation, allowing employers to file civil lawsuits in federal court for trade secret misappropriation by departing employees. » Read More
It has been a while, but there is finally movement on the Department of Labor’s proposal to drastically change the white-collar exemption regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will result in millions of employees across the country being entitled to overtime pay that are not currently so eligible. » Read More
Norris McLaughlin will be hosting a series of free breakfast seminars which will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law. These seminars will provide crucial information for human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers responsible for employment law matters. » Read More
With 2015 coming to an end, New Jersey employers must ready their businesses for the coming year. With this in mind, we have compiled the following information for New Jersey employers to consider as we enter 2016.
The New Jersey Department of Labor announced in September 2015 that the state minimum wage would remain the same.
As many of you know, compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is becoming an increasing focus of the federal government. While 2015 has been characterized as a “transition year” for certain Affordable Care Act purposes, there are still many compliance issues that need to be addressed by employers this year. » Read More
On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered the decision in Aguas v. State of New Jersey, _N.J._, No. 072467 (2015), in which the Court addressed two significant issues that frequently arise in hostile work environment sexual harassment claims: (1) what impact does an employer’s anti-harassment policy have on such claims, and (2) what is the definition of a “supervisor” in these cases? » Read More
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that silence in a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) regarding the duration of retiree healthcare benefits does not automatically mean that such benefits vest for life. The Court’s decision in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. » Read More
In Van Dunk v. Reckson Associates Realty Corp., a ruling viewed as favorable to employers, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an employer’s “willful” violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) standards will not automatically be sufficient to overcome the long-established “workers compensation bar.” Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”), a worker is barred from suing his or her employer for on-the-job injuries unless those injuries result from the employer’s “intentional wrong.” Without proof of an “intentional wrong,” the worker’s exclusive remedy for such injuries is under the Act. » Read More
That is the question. Every summer, employers look to place a few extra people in unpaid internships, and every year employment lawyers get the same question: Do we really need to pay these guys? Many of us can recall slaving away at an internship to build a resume or gain experience, but few of us can recall pulling a paycheck for those hours by the copier. » Read More