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Harris Freier To Present on Restrictive Covenants for New Jersey Civil Justice Institute
Genova Burns Partner Harris S. Freier, Esq. will present a free CLE on restrictive covenants in New Jersey for the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute on Friday, August 12th.
Harris Freier Provides Input in New Jersey Law Journal Article "Fat Suit: Proposed Law Would Allow Weight-Discrimination Lawsuits"
Firm Partner Harris S. Freier, Esq. was recently interviewed by New Jersey Law Journal for their recent article entitled "Fat Suit: Proposed Law Would Allow Weight-Discrimination Lawsuits" which focuses recent measures introduced in New Jersey Legislature that would amend Law Against Discrimination to bar discrimination based on weight or height.
Employers Beware: New York State Expands Whistleblower Protections Increasing Employer Liability
On October 28, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation amending the New York Labor Law (“Labor Law”) to substantially enhance the whistleblower protections afforded to private-sector workers who report alleged wrongdoing by their employers significantly increasing potential liability for New York employers. The legislation becomes effective 90 days after its signing, was amended to include a two-year statute of limitations, and significantly broadens the scope of covered individuals and protected activities.
Diversity Finds Its Home At Genova Burns LLC
Genova Burns LLC newly revamped Diversity, Equity & Inclusionary Committee led by co-Chairs Harris S. Freier, Esq. and Jennifer Borek, Esq. is making an impact Firm-wide. The committee has exceeded its initial plan of action and is moving forward on multiple fronts. The DE&I Committee had planned on spearheading a number of firm initiatives including programming with the Rutgers Association of Black Law Students, implementation of diverse hiring practices, a diverse speaker series, sponsorship and support of organizations campaigning for diversity, and social events and awards that emphasize our shared diversity.
Stepping In Where Unions Have Failed, NYC Council Imposes Just Cause Standard On Non-Union Employers
As our readers may be aware, in March 2021, New York City passed an ordinance requiring fast food employers to have just cause to discharge their employees, where discharge includes termination, constructive discharge, indefinite suspension, and reduction in hours by more than 15%. The ordinance has been effective as of July 5, 2021, and enforcement of these mandates began September 3, 2021.
Harris Freier Elected to Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Genova Burns is pleased to announce that Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusionary Committee, Harris S. Freier, Esq., has been elected to the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Jennifer Borek and Harris Freier Named to ROI-NJ's Most Influential DE&I Leaders 2021 Listing
Genova Burns Partners and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer Borek, Esq. and Harris S. Freier, Esq. have been named to ROI-NJ's first ever Most Influential DE&I Leaders 2021 listing. This list honors many of the top leaders of DEI programs in companies across the state.
Rebecca Moll Freed and Harris Freier Pen Article for New Jersey Banker Magazine "The Added Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in Corporate America"
Partner Rebecca Moll Freed and Partner and DE&I Committee Co-Chair Harris S. Freier recently penned an article entitled, "The Added Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in Corporate America" which has been published by New Jersey Banker magazine.
Genova Burns is Proud to Announce Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusionary Committee
In an effort to lead Genova Burns in furthering the foundational values of tolerance, mutual respect and integrity, the law firm announced Monday that partners Jennifer Borek and Harris Freier have been elected to serve as co-chairs of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Harris Freier Insight on COVID-19 Lawsuits in the Workplace Featured in New Jersey Law Journal
Partner Harris S. Freier was recently interviewed by New Jersey Law Journal for their article “People Are Now Suing Their Bosses Over COVID-19 at Work, But Can They Win in Court?”
Harris Freier Installed as Chair of The Urban League of Union County Board of Directors
Genova Burns is proud to announce that Partner Harris S. Freier has recently been installed as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Urban League of Union County, Inc.
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.
Restrictive Covenants For Insurance Producers: A Primer On Legal Enforceability
As States continue to diverge in their interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenant agreements, it is now more important than ever to ensure those agreements are drafted to conform with jurisdiction-specific laws.
When Facing a Class Action Law Suit - Don't Initiate; Just Arbitrate
On Monday, a New Jersey federal judge ruled that 151 plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action against Francesca’s must arbitrate its wage and hour claims.
EMPLOYEES COVID-19 RELATED COMPLAINTS IN NEW JERSEY
The pandemic brought pandemonium to many New Jersey workplaces. With the second largest outbreak in the country only behind New York, and being the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey was hit particularly hard by the pandemic giving rise to a number of employee suits.
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.
Hail Mary (Jane): New York City Weeds Out Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing on May 10
New York City’s ban on pre-employment drug testing for marijuana goes into effect this weekend, on May 10, 2020. The law makes it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” to require a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (“THC”), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as a condition of employment.
Harris Freier to Present on Cyber Security at North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance Forum
Firm Partner Harris S. Freier, Esq. to participate in panel discussion on cybersecurity where he will focus his remarks on protecting employer trade secrets.
Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions Prohibited in New York
This new bill imposes increased responsibilities on employers statewide and evidences the State’s continued efforts in protecting employees’ rights and privacy regarding reproductive health decisions.