Published on: August 15, 2019

New Jersey Enacts Wage Theft Law, Increasing Employer Liability For Wage And Hour Violations

On August 6, 2019, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law the Wage Theft Act (“WTA”). The WTA took effect immediately. The WTA revises New Jersey’s existing wage payment law to significantly enhance employer exposure on all wage and hour violations. First, the WTA extends the statute of limitations on…

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Published on: August 9, 2019

New Law Makes It Unlawful For Employers To Ask About Pay History

On July 25, 2019, acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed A1094 into law prohibiting employers from inquiring about worker’s wage and salary history. The new law makes it unlawful for any employer to screen a job applicant based on the applicant’s wage or salary history, including by requiring the applicant’s prior…

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Published on: May 7, 2019

Law Against Discrimination Amended To Prevent Confidentiality Provisions

On March 18, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill amending New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. The amendment, which took effect immediately, provides that non–disclosure provisions that seek to conceal details relating to a claim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment are void against public policy. This amendment applies to any…

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Published on: March 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule Change That Could Create New Class of Employees Eligible For Overtime Pay

On March 7, 2019, The U.S. Department of Labor announced its much awaited rule proposal regarding the eligibility of workers for overtime (https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime2019/). The rule, if adopted, would increase the salary for exempt employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $679 per week ($35,308 annually). This rule would thus…

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Published on: March 6, 2019

New Jersey Expands Paid Family Leave

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a sweeping expansion of the State’s paid family leave program. The law takes effect immediately, although many of the increases to benefits will not commence until July 2020. The changes to New Jersey’s paid family leave program include…

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Published on: August 29, 2018

New Legislation Affecting Voluntary Payments In New Jersey Workers Compensation Claims

Over the past several years, various attempts have been made to amend the New Jersey Workers Compensation Act in regards to voluntary payments. The New Jersey Workers Compensation Act contained a provision, Section 64, which allowed an employer or workers compensation insurance carrier to extend a payment known as a…

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Published on: July 20, 2018

The Legal Landscape of Cannabis

The Maine Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision, recently held the Maine Workers Compensation Board’s Order directing an employer to reimburse an injured worker for expenses associated with obtaining medical marijuana was in violation of Federal law, namely the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Co.,…

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Published on: June 20, 2018

Facts About The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

On April 24, 2018 Governor Phil Murphy signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the “Act”) which is an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”). The Act now requires pay equality, including benefits, across all protected categories under the LAD. To assist your workplace in…

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Published on: May 23, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Compulsory Arbitration Provisions And Class Action Waivers In Employment Agreements

On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in the closely followed case of Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.  With a 5-4 majority, the Court ruled that employers can enforce agreements with employees that require employment disputes to be resolved by way of individualized…

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Published on: May 22, 2018

New Jersey Enacts Law Requiring Employers To Provide Earned Sick Leave

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that requires employers to provide earned sick leave to employees working in New Jersey.  The new law, which goes into effect on October 29, 2018, states that employees shall accrue one hour of earned sick leave for…

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