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Dina Mastellone to Present NJSBA Webcast "Current Workplace Investigations Trends 2020 - COVID, Protests, Social Media and More"
Partner Dina M. Mastellone will participate in a webcast for the New Jersey State Bar Association entitled "Current Workplace Investigations Trends 2020 - COVID, Protests, Social Media and More" on September 22nd.
Court Rules that Employees Cannot Disclose Your Trade Secrets, Even to Themselves
On August 10, 2020, the District Court for the District of New Jersey in Bramshill Investments, LLC v. Ashley Pullen, 2:19-cv-18288 (D.N.J. August 10, 2020) recently considered a motion to dismiss a complaint against an employee who allegedly misappropriated Bramshill’s trade secrets. The District Court denied defendant’s motion in part, holding that Bramshill sufficiently pled causes of action for violations of the Defense of Trade Secrets Act, the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act, breach of contract, and breach of the duty of loyalty.
Don’t Fear The Click-Box: NJ Supreme Court Upholds Electronic Employee Arbitration Agreements
On August 18, 2020, in a landmark decision for employers, the New Jersey Supreme Court released its long-awaited opinion in Skuse v. Pfizer (A-86-18) (082509), holding that an employee must arbitrate her employment discrimination claims agreed to in an electronic employee arbitration agreement. The decision reverses the Appellate Division’s January 2019 decision, which had imposed heightened requirements on employers obtaining employees’ assent to arbitration agreements.
Six Genova Burns Attorneys to Present "Managing Workplace Risk Post-COVID" Seminar for NJCAR
Genova Burns' attorneys Dina M. Mastellone, Douglas E. Solomon, John R. Vreeland, Brigette N. Eagan, Keith A. Krauss, and Young-Ji will present a webinar on June 17 for NJCAR entitled, "Managing Workplace Risk Post-COVID."
Supreme Court Finds Federal Law Bars LGBT Employment Discrimination
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held today that the ban on sex discrimination in the federal employment law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, covers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.
James Bucci Selected to Super Lawyers Pennsylvania 2020 Listing
Firm Partner James Bucci has been selected to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers listing as one of the state’s top attorneys in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Justine Abrams Presented on Webinar Panel “Should I Come Back, Can I Come Back, How Do I Come Back?”
Genova Burns' attorney Justine L. Abrams participated in a recent webinar entitled “Should I Come Back, Can I Come Back, How Do I Come Back?” hosted by Sobel Co. on June 12.
Is That Even Discrimination? New Jersey District Court Reiterates That Disabled Employees are not Immune to the Effects of Negative Job Performance
On April 13, 2020, the District Court for the District of New Jersey granted the employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissed an employee’s claim of disability discrimination in the matter of Rooney v. NVR Inc. The Court determined that Plaintiff failed to demonstrate that a genuine factual dispute existed to suggest that Defendant terminated his employment based on his disability.
Harris Freier to Participate on "Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19" Webinar Panel for NYSBA
Partner Harris S. Freier will participate on a webinar panel entitled, "Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19: Principles For Today and the Post-COVID World" for the New York State Bar Association next Thursday, May 27th.
Pennsylvania Employee Files Suit Against Former Employer for FFCRA Violations in the Wake of COVID-19
In one of the first lawsuits filed since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), a Pennsylvania employee is claiming FFCRA interference and retaliation against her former employer, an airline headquartered in eastern Pennsylvania.
Back to Business New Jersey: Essential FAQs for Return-to-Work Planning
Now is the time for employers to formulate action plans for returning employees to the workplace. We have developed the following FAQ’s to guide the development of your return to work plan.
Pennsylvania Announces Further COVID-19 Safety Measures for Businesses, Including Mandated PPE and Employee Health Monitoring
On April 15, 2020, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, signed an order “Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations,” which specifies social distancing, mitigation, and cleaning protocols for both employees and customers. The order is enforceable beginning on April 19, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
It Takes Two to Tango: Third Circuit Reminds Employees of Their Reciprocal Obligations in the Interactive Process
On March 31, 2020, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims filed by an ex-accountant of a local board of health.
In the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, New Jersey Expands Employee Leave Entitlements
On March 25, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S2304, amending the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law, the New Jersey Family Leave Act (“FLA”), and the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law (“TDL”). The amendments expand an employee’s ability to take leave and collect temporary disability benefits during epidemic-related emergencies.
New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) Releases COVID-19 FAQ's
On March 19, 2020, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) released a Guidance addressing frequently asked questions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, the DCR addresses protections and obligations under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).
Key Employer Take-Aways from Long-Awaited Guidance on New Jersey's Equal Pay Act
On March 2, 2020, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) issued Guidance on the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (Equal Pay Act) – the New Jersey law requiring employers to offer equal pay to employees performing substantially similar work.
A Measure of Control: Appellate Division Rules “Member-Owned Cooperative” Not Liable for Age Discrimination Claim of One Member’s Employee
A supermarket cooperative is not considered the employer of individuals who work for its member stores and cannot be found liable for the age discrimination claims of an employee of one of its members, the Appellate Division ruled last month in Dorrity v. Wakefern Food Corporation.
Appellate Division Again Reminds Employers: Don't Rush the Interactive Process, You've Made that Mistake Before
On December 6, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division in V. L. v. Hunterdon Healthcare et. al., reversed and remanded a trial court’s order dismissing an employee’s claims of disability discrimination and retaliatory discharge under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).
Natural Hair, Don't Care: New Jersey Bans Hair-Based Discrimination
On December 19, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) banning discrimination against a person’s hairstyle or texture.
New Jersey Salary History Ban Takes Effect January 1
A reminder to New Jersey employers that the new law prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on their pay history takes effect on January 1, 2020.