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New Jersey Ban the Box Bill Revised Again, Advances to Governor Christie

On June 26, 2014, the New Jersey legislature approved the most recent iteration (A1999) of the “Opportunity to Compete Act” (also referred to as the “Ban the Box” bill), which will now be sent to Governor Chris Christie for...more

7/21/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Records Job Applicants

New Jersey Senate Bill Would Prohibit Automatic Disqualification of Applicants Based on Criminal Record

On May 19, 2014, the Senate introduced two (essentially identical) bills (S2101 and S2102) that would prohibit public and private employers from automatically rejecting current or prospective employees based on their criminal...more

7/21/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Records Job Applicants

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage Exemption to Private Summer Camp Employees

Currently, New Jersey overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply to summer camps (and other summer conferences and retreats) operated by non-profit or religious corporations or associations. On June 5, 2014, the Assembly...more

7/21/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Minimum Wage Non-Profits Over-Time Proposed Legislation Religious Institutions Wage and Hour

Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed Applicants Reaches New Jersey Governor’s Desk

On June 30, 2014, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill (S1440) that would add unemployed applicants to the growing list of protected classes under New Jersey law. First referenced in the March 2014 issue of the New Jersey...more

7/21/2014 - Discrimination Employment Application Hiring & Firing New Legislation Unemployment

Bill Introduced To Assist Unemployed Job Applicants In New Jersey

On February 27, 2014, a bill (S1440) was introduced in the Senate that would prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on an applicant’s unemployed status. The bill would supplement an existing law that prohibits...more

3/27/2014 - Job Applicants Unemployment

New Jersey’s Version Of “Ban The Box” Bill Reintroduced To Senate

“The Opportunity to Complete Act” (last mentioned in the February 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) was reintroduced to the state Senate on February 28, 2014. The bill still prohibits the use of criminal background...more

3/27/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

New Bill Would Suspend Interest Payments On Mortgages For Employees Aggrieved By Violations Of The New Jersey WARN Act

On February 25, 2014, a bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee that would allow employees to suspend payment of interest on their mortgages if they were affected by a violation of the Millville...more

3/26/2014 - Mortgages WARN Act

New Jersey Legislators To Withhold Payment From State Vendors That Owe Unemployment Contributions

On February 27, 2014, the chair of the state Senate Labor Committee proposed a bill that would withhold payments by the state to vendors that are delinquent in their unemployment insurance contributions....more

3/26/2014 - Unemployment Benefits Vendors

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Signs Sick Leave Ordinance Into Law

In our February 2014 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported that the Newark City Council had approved a sick leave ordinance that would provide the majority of private employees working in Newark with mandatory paid...more

3/26/2014 - Employee Rights Paid Leave Sick Leave

Defense Counsel’s Ex Parte Investigation Of EEOC Claimants Leads To Sanctions By New Jersey District Court

In EEOC v. FAPS, Inc., 2013 WL 4833535 (D.N.J. Sept. 10, 2013) (unpub.), the employer’s attorneys hired a private investigator to conduct ex parte interviews with claimants in a pending civil suit brought by the Equal...more

11/29/2013 - EEOC Ex Parte Investigations No Contact Rule Professional Liability Sanctions

Equity Partner Lacks Standing To Bring Whistleblower Claim Under CEPA, New Jersey District Court Holds

The protections of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) do not extend to partners with significant control over their company. In Largie v. TCBA Watson Rice, LLP, 2013 WL 4487456 (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2013)...more

11/29/2013 - CEPA Corporate Governance Equity Partners Whistleblowers

Missing “At-Will” Language In Employment Agreement Leaves At-Will Status Up To The Jury, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Halpern v. Marion P. Thomas Charter School, 2013 WL 4607437 (N.J. App. Div. Aug. 30, 2013) (unpub.), the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a teacher had overcome the presumption of at-will employment by showing that...more

11/29/2013 - At-Will Employment Contract Drafting Contract Interpretation Employment Contract

Plaintiff’s Employment Case Dismissed For Failure To Mention Suit In Pending Bankruptcy Proceedings, New Jersey District Court...

In Lewis v. Eberle & BCI Services, LLC, 2013 WL 4483529 (D.N.J. Aug. 19, 2013), a New Jersey district court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave...more

11/29/2013 - ADA Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy FMLA

New Jersey’s Social Networking Privacy Law Gets Conditional Veto by Gov. Christie

On April 5, 2013, Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto of New Jersey’s proposed “Facebook law” (A-2878), which is intended to prohibit employers from inquiring about or otherwise accessing applicants’ and...more

5/8/2013 - Facebook Legislative Vetoes Social Media Social Networking Online Protection Act Social Networks

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