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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. » Read More
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