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To Extend (or Not Extend) an ADA Leave of Absence: That is the Question

By on September 6, 2018 in ADA, Employee Rights with 0 Comments

One of the more difficult questions that perplex employers is: When can a leave of absence that has been granted as a form of disability accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) be ended when there are no prospects that the employee will be returning to work in the near future?  I get this […]

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Ooooh That Smell, The Smell that Surrounds (Your Employees?)

For fans of the rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, forgive my modification of the lyrics to one of the band’s most iconic songs, but it perfectly captures a moment I experienced recently fielding one of the more interesting counseling questions that I received from a client this year. The client wanted to know whether it could […]

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Breastfeeding and Expressing Milk at Work: New Protections Under NJ Law

By on February 1, 2018 in Employee Rights with 0 Comments

Most employers are aware that they cannot discriminate against an employee on the basis of pregnancy.  But what about the mother who returns from leave after having a child and continues to breastfeed and express milk? As of January 8, 2018, those mothers are now “protected” against discrimination in the workplace under a new law […]

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Is Your Employee Really a Whistleblower?

By on September 26, 2017 in Employee Rights with 0 Comments

By now, most employers are familiar with New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) found at N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 which generally protects employees engaged in “whistleblowing activities” from adverse employment actions such as termination or demotion. However, not every complaint or concern about an employer’s conduct rises to the level of whistleblowing under CEPA.  As a […]

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Is Your Employee’s Waiver of a Statutory or Constitutional Right Enforceable?

By on March 23, 2017 in Employee Rights with 0 Comments

In the Winter of 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division made a significant change to employment law in New Jersey when the Court held that without a clear and unambiguous waiver of the right to sue, an employee cannot be forced to arbitrate employment claims (meaning that generally, arbitration agreements found in employee handbooks cannot […]

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