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NJ Department of Labor Issues Proposed Regulations on Earned Sick Leave

By on October 2, 2018 in Employee Rights, Policy with 0 Comments

In advance of the October 29, 2018 effective date for the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law (“Law”), which requires every employer to provide earned sick leave to each employee working in New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development filed proposed rules to implement the Law. The proposed rules expand upon […]

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Employers Need to Consider NJ Pay Equity Law When Evaluating Employee Pay Practices

By on July 13, 2018 in Legislation with 0 Comments

Background The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, one of the most pro-employee equal pay laws in in the nation, took effect on July 1, 2018. The law expands the already broad and expansive New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) by strengthening protections against employment discrimination and pay inequity.  Though many think the law only […]

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Preparing for New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law

By on June 8, 2018 in Legal Alerts with 0 Comments

On October 29, 2018 New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Act will go into effect.  This new law will impact almost every employer with workers in New Jersey and businesses should begin preparing now to ensure your policies and practices are compliant with the law. Covered Businesses and Employees The coverage of the law  is broad.  It […]

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New Jersey Equal Pay Act Takes Effect July 1, 2018

By on May 2, 2018 in Legal Alerts with 2 Comments

If you are a New Jersey employer and you have never heard of the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (“Equal Pay Act”), pay close attention. At the end of March 2018, the New Jersey Legislature sent the Equal Pay Act to the Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, for his signature.  Governor Murphy signed the […]

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Will Medical Marijuana Users Soon Have Legal Protections in the New Jersey Workplace?

By on April 25, 2018 in Other with 0 Comments

Get ready! Medical marijuana users in New Jersey may soon have new protections in the workplace.  Currently in New Jersey, employers have no strict obligation to accommodate medical marijuana users and employers may lawfully terminate an employee who fails a drug test, even if the use is medicinal.  Despite the current view in New Jersey, […]

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The Importance of Job Descriptions

By on March 28, 2018 in Other with 0 Comments

Job descriptions are one of the most important tools in an employers’ toolbox, yet so many employers do not take job descriptions as seriously as they should.  Whenever I first meet with a new or potential client, one of my first questions is whether the employer has job descriptions for each job title in the […]

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How Tax Reform May Impact Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

By on January 10, 2018 in Legislation with 0 Comments

It is no secret that sexual harassment and the prevention of same in the workplace has become an increasingly popular topic. In response, businesses have started to take a closer look at their anti-harassment policies and how they are enforced.  Interestingly, lawmakers have also become focused on this issue and have now included a provision […]

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Are Transgender Individuals Protected from Discrimination under Title VII?

By on November 27, 2017 in Discrimination with 0 Comments

Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of certain protected characteristics, including gender. Recently, there has been intense discussion as to whether or not transgender individuals are covered by the gender discrimination prohibition of Title VII.  Although the United States Justice Department has expressed certain views on […]

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Flex Time or Paid Break Time?

By on October 24, 2017 in Policy with 0 Comments

Even if employees are not provided with a lunch break, throughout the course of the workday there are, almost always, short periods of time where an employee is present in the workplace but not performing actual job tasks. Some examples include a walk to the restroom, time spent in the restroom, time spent grabbing a […]

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The Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media

By on October 11, 2017 in Policy with 0 Comments

Employers both love and hate social media.  On the one hand, it is a great tool to help your business succeed.  You can post advertisements and events that very quickly can be seen by hundreds if not thousands of people.  With the help of the public, one great post about how great your product is […]

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