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CEPA Roundup

In recent weeks, New Jersey’s primary whistleblower statute—the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”)—has been the subject of increased judicial scrutiny. In Hitesman v. Bridgeway, Inc., 214 N.J. 235 (2014),...more

Plaintiff Has No Duty to Identify a Specific Law or Rule Violation Under New York’s Whistleblower Law to Survive a Motion to...

On May 13, 2014, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that, under Labor Law §740(2), also known as the “whistleblower statute,” the complaint need not identify a specific law or rule allegedly violated by the employer to...more

CEPA Protection For “Watchdog” Employees? New Jersey Supreme Court To Decide

On March 14, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification in Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc., 432 N.J. Super. 378 (App. Div. 2013), agreeing to review whether “watchdog” employees, i.e., employees responsible for...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - February 2014

Appellate Division Roundup - In recent months, New Jersey's Appellate Division has rendered three significant employment law decisions. State v. Saavedra, No. A-1449-12T4, 2013 N.J. Super. LEXIS 185 (App. Div....more

The Beginnings of a New Trend? New Jersey Proposes to Protect Unpaid Interns From Employment Discrimination

On December 5, 2013, the New Jersey State Senate introduced S-3064 to protect unpaid interns from employment discrimination by amending the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act...more

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

Annual CEPA Notice

Once again, we remind New Jersey employers with 10 or more employees of their annual obligation to distribute to their New Jersey employees the required notice under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). The...more

A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created

Hedden v. Kean University, A-4999-12T2, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division on October 24, 2013, provides a tutorial on the ability of low to mid level employees to create privileged attorney-client communications,...more

Watch Out for “Watchdogs”: The N.J. Appellate Division Expressly Expands CEPA Protection To a New Class of Employees

On September 4, 2013, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc., Docket No. L–9025–06, 2013 WL 4726834 (App. Div. September 04, 2013), reversed a ruling by the Superior Court, Law Division granting summary...more

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

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

Employee’s Disclosure Of Customer Information In The Face Of Suspected Child Neglect Held Protected Activity Under CEPA, District...

In Stapleton v. DSW, Inc., 2013 WL 1137119 (D.N.J., March 20, 2013), a retail store employee observed a child whom she suspected was being neglected by her parent, a shopper in the store. The employee lodged a report with the...more

Time to Update Your New Jersey Workplace Posters!

On October 1, 2013, the “New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act” (NJ SAFE Act) becomes effective, which in addition to providing new leave rights to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, creates yet...more

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

New Jersey Pay Equity Measure Says No Reprisals Against Employees Requesting Information About Co-Workers

On August 28, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A-2648 to add a new non-retaliation pay equity measure to the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") (hereinafter, the "amendment" or "law")....more

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Employee “Protected Activity”

The ruling provides guidance as to what employee conduct is protected under the antiretaliation provisions of two key state laws. On July 17, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a decision in Battaglia v. United...more

Legal Alert: New Jersey Supreme Court Eases Employee Retaliation Claims

Right after the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions favoring employers in a variety of employee lawsuits based on federal statutes, including retaliation under Title VII, the New Jersey Supreme Court has moved that state in...more

NJ Jury Renders $2.1 Million Punitive Damage Award in Whistleblower Case

In a recent lawsuit before the Superior Court of New Jersey in Hudson County, a jury unanimously awarded $2.1 million in punitive damages to a hospital lab technician after finding his employer retaliated against him for...more

Whistleblower Guidance from NJ Appellate Court May Help Employers Keep More CEPA Claims from Reaching a Jury

A plaintiff cannot succeed in whistleblower litigation against his former employer without demonstrating a specific, objectively reasonable belief that the employer violated a law or public policy, according to a recently...more

Bill Introduced To Establish Two-Year Statute Of Limitations For Most New Jersey Civil Actions

On October 18, 2012, a bill (A3412) was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly to establish a default two-year statute of limitations for most civil actions. Significantly for employers, this would increase the statute of...more

Reminder: Annual CEPA Notice For Employers With 10 Or More Employees Must Be Distributed

Once again, we remind New Jersey employers with 10 or more employees of their annual obligation to distribute to their New Jersey employees the required notice under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA)....more

Employer's distribution of a memo tying reduction in hours to employee's wage complaint supports a New Jersey CEPA claim

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision, which found that sending employees a memo that hours would be cut because one of the staff brought a wage-and-hour claim, could constitute an "adverse...more

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