Published on: September 11, 2023

Remote Control: Recent Case Highlights Factors Determining Employer’s Exposure To Litigation In States Where Remote Workers Are Based

Introduction: A recent U.S. District Court of New Jersey court decision provides additional insight on what factors may affect whether employers are subject to personal jurisdiction in unintended forums by virtue of their employment of remote workers. The unpublished opinion of Tripp v. Ascentage Pharma Grp. Int’l, No. 22-5934 (KM)…

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Published on: August 1, 2023

The Expansion Of Employees’ Rights Following The Implementation Of The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Introduction: The rights of employees who are, or may become pregnant across the United States were recently expanded with the implementation of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). The PWFA became effective June 27, 2023, and it is important that employers be aware of the new avenues for liability created…

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Published on: February 28, 2023

Appellate Division Finds Attorney’s Fees To Be Excessive And An Abuse Of Discretion

Excessive fees and abuse of discretion were the hot topic of the recent unreported decision in the Appellate Division.  In Garzon v. Morris County Golf Club, A-1100-21 (App. Div. December 23, 2022), the Appellate Division agreed with Respondent that the Judge of Compensation abused his discretion in issuing excessive and unsupported…

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Published on: February 1, 2023

The Federal Trade Commission Unveils Proposal to Ban Non-Compete Clauses Nationwide

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule that would prohibit employers from entering into, attempting to enter into, or maintaining a non-compete clauses with their employees.  The FTC has preliminarily found that non-compete clauses constitute unfair methods of competition under Section 5 of the Federal Trade…

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Published on: January 17, 2023

New Jersey Mini-Warn Act Amendments Effective April 10, 2023

On January 10, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4768. Pursuant to the bill, the Legislature’s rather significant amendments to New Jersey’s WARN Act—formally titled the “Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act”—will become effective on April 10, 2023. The amendments, while approved in January…

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Published on: October 31, 2022

Even Respondents Are Entitled To Due Process – Appellate Division Vacates Order Imposing Assessments And Penalties When Respondent Counsel Was Not Permitted To Be Heard

The facts of Safet Saiti v. Garden Homes, A-1328-20, decided October 11, 2022, are simple. On September 3, 2020 an Order for permanency was entered in favor of petitioner. For reasons unknown, payment was not made by respondent within the required sixty-day period from the date of the Order and…

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Published on: October 31, 2022

Good Things Come In Small Package – Appellate Division Reverses A Conflict Of Interest Opinion Against An Insurance Carrier – Appointed Attorney Defending A Worker’s Compensation Claim Filed By A Shareholder Of The Employer

On October 28, 2022, the Appellate Division issued its decision in  Robert Alam v. Ameribuilt Contractors, A-2114-21, approved for publication that same day. We congratulate the Workers’ Compensation team here at Brown & Connery which appealed the case on behalf of its client, and succeeded in getting a reversal on…

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Published on: August 3, 2022

Appellate Division’s Affirmance Of A Respondent Verdict Restates The Oft-Forgotten Concept That An Injury Does Not Automatically Result In An Award Of Disability

On June 1, 2022 the Appellate Division decided the case of Lindell v. W.H. Industries, Inc., A-1815-20. This decision affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of three separate Claim Petitions filed by petitioner for incidents of June 27 and September 14,2007 and August 12,2009. All three claims alleged injuries to her…

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Published on: March 10, 2022

President Biden Signs Bill To Nullify Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses For Sexual Harassment And Abuse Claims

On Thursday, February 10, 2022, Congress approved legislation that bars the use of forced arbitration to address sexual harassment and abuse claims in the workplace, entitled Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”). President Biden signed the Act into law on March 3,…

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Published on: February 9, 2022

Appellate Division Disproves The Old Saying “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” In Litigation Involving Out Of Time Appeals And Frivolous Filings. Respondents Need To Be Aware Of The Frivolous Litigation Statute.

The unreported Appellate decision in Townsend v. New Transit, A-0559-20, decided February 2, 2022, should now be required reading for all pro se litigants. Claude Townsend, a bus driver for New Jersey Transit, was involved in a bus accident on January 29, 2008. He filed a Claim Petition through counsel,…

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