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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

Jan 19, 2017

EEOC Charges Increased in Fiscal Year 2016

Earlier this week, a report was released on the number of workplace discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during fiscal year 2016, which ran from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.  A total of 91,503 charges were filed, representing a 2.3% increase over the number of charges filed during fiscal year 2015.  » Read More

May 11, 2016

Leaves of Absence As a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”)

Citing a spike in the number of disability charges filed in 2015 along with a trend of employer policies that deny or limit the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation, on May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a resource document providing information on when and how a leave of absence must be granted as a reasonable accommodation relating to an employee’s disability.  » Read More

Feb 15, 2016

2015’s Top Ten Employment Discrimination Claims

Last week, a report was released on the number of workplace discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during fiscal year 2015, which ran from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015.  A total of 89,385 EEOC charges were filed during that period—a small uptick from the 88,778 charges filed during fiscal year 2014.  » Read More

Oct 27, 2015

Disability Defined

For years, the definition of “disability” for purposes of discrimination claims has been treated similarly by courts regardless of whether the claim was filed pursuant to the ADA Amendments Act (federal law) or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (state law).  A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, however, has created some uncertainty in this regard.  » Read More

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