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New Jersey Social Media Privacy Bill Becomes Law

On August 29, 2013, a more limited social media privacy bill (A2878), adopting the common sense conditions set forth in Governor Chris Christie’s previous conditional veto, was enacted. The new law, effective December 1,...more

9/24/2013 - Employee Rights Passwords Privacy Policy Social Media

Indefinite Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Bourhill v. Nextel of New York, Inc., 2013 WL 1680140 (D.N.J. Apr. 17, 2013), an employee with a back condition was granted several consecutive leaves of absences (spanning eight months of leave), followed by an open-ended...more

9/24/2013 - Disability Indefiniteness Reasonable Accommodation Unpaid Leave

New Jersey Expands Pay Equity Protections

On August 29, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill (A2648) into law barring employers from retaliating against employees who share information about their compensation with other employees in furtherance of a pay...more

9/24/2013 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Chris Christie Compensation & Benefits Discrimination Retaliation

Plaintiff Entitled To Employer’s Customers’ Addresses, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Griff v. GalaxE Solutions, Inc., 2013 WL 2242656 (D.N.J. May 21, 2013), the New Jersey District Court rejected an employer’s attempt to withhold disclosure to the plaintiff of the business addresses of several of its...more

9/23/2013 - Customer Lists Disclosure Requirements Hiring & Firing Protective Orders Termination

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds Aider And Abettor Liability Can Be Imposed On A Supervisor For His Or Her Own Affirmative...

In Rowan v. Hartford Plaza Ltd., 2013 WL 1350095 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 5, 2013) (unpub.), the New Jersey Appellate Division held—in an unpublished opinion—that individual supervisors are subject to “aiding and abetting”...more

9/23/2013 - Aiding and Abetting Discrimination Statutory Interpretation Supervisors

Effective Anti-Harassment Policy Warrants Summary Judgment On Hostile Work Environment Claim, District Of New Jersey Holds

The New Jersey District Court recently reiterated the importance of maintaining effective anti-harassment policies, and taking prompt and effective remedial measures following harassment complaints. In Barroso v. Lidestri...more

9/23/2013

Reliance On Inapplicable Code Of Ethics Cannot Support CEPA’s Reasonable Belief Standard, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 430 N.J. Super. 198 (App. Div. March 22, 2013), the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an employee’s difference of opinion with his health care employer, concerning the steps the hospital...more

9/23/2013 - CEPA Code of Conduct Ethics Healthcare Professionals

New Jersey Supreme Court Takes Broad View Of Protected Complaints Under NJLAD, But Narrow View Under CEPA

On July 17, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a plaintiff need not demonstrate an actual violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), let alone an identifiable victim, to prove a claim of...more

9/20/2013 - CEPA Protected Activity Retaliation Sexual Harassment Supervisors Whistleblowers

New Jersey Casino’s Waitress Appearance Policy Not Discriminatory

A trial court judge recently held that Borgata Casino’s “Borgata Babes” program—its employment of scantily-clad, attractive casino servers who were required to watch their weight—did not run afoul of the New Jersey Law...more

9/20/2013 - Casinos Discrimination Dress Codes Gender Discrimination Restaurant Industry

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds “Watchdog Employees” Can Bring CEPA Claims

In Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc., No. A-4318-10T2 (N.J. App. Div., Sept. 4, 2013), the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a pharmaceutical employee hired to be a watchdog—his job was to bring forth issues regarding the safety...more

9/20/2013 - CEPA Whistleblowers

New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Victim Leave Law Poster Now Available

On October 1, 2013, the “New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act” (NJ SAFE Act) becomes effective. This law provides new leave rights to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and creates additional notice...more

9/19/2013 - Crime Victims Domestic Violence SAFE Sexual Assault

Proposed Bill Seeks To Require New Jersey Employers To File Monthly, Not Quarterly, Wage Reports On Employees

Employers are currently required to report, on a quarterly basis, wages earned by their employees (on the standardized Wage Record System for New Jersey (WR-30) form). A bill recently introduced in the New Jersey Assembly...more

9/19/2013 - Filing Requirements Proposed Legislation Wages

New Jersey Assembly Proposes Law To Require Employers To Provide Earned Sick Leave

On May 14, 2013, the Assembly introduced a comprehensive bill (A4125) that would require employers to provide all employees (upon their 90th day of employment) one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees...more

9/19/2013 - Paid Leave Proposed Legislation Sick Leave

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill To Punish Misclassification Of Trucking Business Employees

On September 9, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued an absolute veto to a bill (A1578) that would have had a serious impact on trucking industry employers in New Jersey. As we previously discussed in the September...more

9/19/2013 - Chris Christie Independent Contractors Misclassification Penalties Proposed Legislation Trucking Industry

New Jersey Legislative Summer Round-up: Social Media, Wage Claim Bias Laws Enacted; Misclassification Law Vetoed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a busy summer, signing into law two important employment bills, and vetoing a third. The state’s new social media privacy law affords new protections to employees and applicants...more

9/19/2013 - Chris Christie Discrimination Misclassification New Legislation Pay Discrimination Penalties Proposed Legislation Retaliation Social Media Trucking Industry Wages

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