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
And just like that, our 2018 seminars are complete. We would like to thank you to everyone who came out to our last (and clearly most fun and educational) seminar of the year!
We discussed the handling of a variety of employment issues including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, and employee termination, as seen in popular TV programs and movies (primarily Seinfeld and the Office, obviously). » Read More
For some time now, and particularly since issuing the report on its Select Task Force’s Study of Harassment in the Workplace (you can review the report here), the EEOC has become increasingly active in pursuing harassment litigation. In addition, as we wrote about here, the EEOC reconvened its Task Force for a meeting entitled “Transforming #MeToo into Harassment-Free Workplaces.” Participants discussed the EEOC’s efforts in harassment prevention since the 2016 report was issued; and considered testimony from experts in the field who discussed issues including state legislative action in the area of sexual harassment prevention. » Read More
Taking action in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to adopt a significant upgrade to its own harassment policies. The Home News Tribune reported here, on the anticipated changes, which include mandatory training for legislators and staff, as well as a new procedure where complaints made under the policy may be made public under the Open Public Records Act. » Read More
While our news apps and smart phone feeds tell us about prominent individuals and “big businesses” that have been besieged by sexual misconduct allegations, we know that small and mid-sized businesses may be subject to substantial liability for the actions of their principals and employees. » Read More
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
In June 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued a report on its 18-month examination of the countless issues relating to workplace harassment. The report also included several conclusions recognizing the continuing presence of harassment in the workplace, as well as recommendations for best practices, training, and outreach focused on harassment prevention. » Read More
Our Lunch & Learn Spring series has ended. The series discussed social media issues, harassment training, and employee handbook and policy construction.
We will be back September 11 at the Sands in Bethlehem with our Recent Development Program. Please mark your calendars now to become up-to-date with recent developments that have occurred in the past year referring to labor and employment law. » Read More
I had the privilege of conducting supervisor harassment training today at the nearby Bridgewater Marriott for supervisors from local companies. Watch my quick recap below and if you have any questions about training or would like to schedule training for supervisors and/or employees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. » Read More
Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Corporate Counsel Business Journal. She was interviewed in“Avoiding the Hard and Soft Costs of Harassment Claims” in regard to workplace harassment. » Read More
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