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May 29, 2019

New Jersey Expands Family Leave Laws

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law legislation that expands New Jersey’s protections for employees who need unpaid and paid leaves of absence under three statutes: (1) the New Jersey Family Leave Law (“NJFLA”), (2) the Temporary Disability Benefits Law (“NJTDL”), and (3) the Security and Financial Empowerment (“SAFE”) Act. » Read More

May 14, 2019

Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources

Last week, I presented “Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources” at Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. in Little Ferry. The event was co-sponsored by The Association of Corporate Counsel Small Law Department Network, the world’s largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe, and Meritas® Law Firms Worldwide, the premier global alliance of independent law firms working collaboratively to provide businesses with qualified legal expertise. » Read More

Apr 11, 2019

EEOC Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Data on Charges and Litigation

On April 10, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement and litigation data for fiscal year 2018. This EEOC press release highlights some of the statistics. The EEOC noted that, in 2018, it resolved over 90,000 charges of discrimination and recovered over $500 million on behalf of those who experienced workplace discrimination. » Read More

Feb 15, 2019

New Jersey’s Legislature Continues to Alter Employment Law Landscape

While New Jersey has long been considered progressive in preserving and protecting the employment rights of its citizens (see last year’s Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave Laws), current activity in the Legislature and Governor’s office relating to laws impacting the workplace is at an all-time high. » Read More

Feb 12, 2019

Governor Wolf Introduces Plan to Raise State Minimum Wage

Although all eyes were on Washington last Tuesday for President Trump’s State of the Union address, Pennsylvania’s top executive delivered an important speech of his own in Harrisburg that same day.  In his annual budget address, Governor Wolf reiterated his call to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $12.00/hour by the end of this year.  » Read More

Jan 31, 2019

EEOC Is Up and Running after the Shutdown, Reporting on Settlements and New Litigation Involving Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

With the partial shutdown of the federal government, the EEOC was essentially closed, offering limited services.  Time to file a charge of discrimination was not extended and individuals who were within 30 days of the deadlines for filing were instructed to do so via hard copy, as the on-line portal was unavailable.  » Read More

Jan 30, 2019

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) bans discrimination against transgender and non-binary employees working in New York.

GENDA amended New York’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.  » Read More

Jan 29, 2019

NLRB Reinstates Employer-Friendly Independent Contractor Standard

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”), reinstated a long-standing independent contractor standard.  This standard strengthens an employer’s ability to classify franchisees as independent contractors, or as employees exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.  » Read More

Jan 28, 2019

NLRB Reinstates Employer-Friendly Independent Contractor Standard

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”), reinstated a long-standing independent contractor standard.  This standard strengthens an employer’s ability to classify franchisees as independent contractors, or as employees exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.  » Read More

Jan 14, 2019

2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2019, the maximum compensation rate is $1,049.00 per week, which represents a 2.3% increase.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this blog or any other questions related to workers’ compensation law, please feel free to contact me at bhollenbach@norris-law.com. » Read More

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