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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

Oct 19, 2018

EEOC Recommends Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

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

Sep 25, 2018

Updated Harassment Policies Anticipated for NJ Legislators and Staff

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

Jul 26, 2018

Annual Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Now Required in New York

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

Jul 20, 2018

New Jersey Moves to Bar Confidentiality in Certain Settlements

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

Jun 12, 2018

EEOC Reconvenes Task Force on Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

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

May 10, 2018

Supervisor Harassment Training Recap

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 training@nmmlaw.com. » Read More

May 02, 2018

In the News: Avoiding the Hard and Soft Costs of Harassment Claims

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

Mar 08, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Business Owners Discuss Ways to Identify, Prevent Sexual Harassment

The “#metoo” movement is here to stay.  In just over four months, it has become a game changer in the field of sexual harassment and social norms in the American workplace.  Not only have many prominent individuals and their employers already been affected, it is only a matter of time before this powerful social movement takes a firm root in all businesses, both small and large. » Read More

Feb 23, 2018

Be Careful What You Say: Not Everything’s O.K.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) makes it unlawful to terminate an employee who engages in concerted, protected activity, which generally means that you can say, object and complain, and offer suggestions to your employer without fear of termination of employment or other adverse actions so long as your conduct is in the mutual aid and protection of your co-employees and relates to the terms and conditions of employment.  » Read More