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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 Election Law Enforcement Commission Announces Grace Period for Form BE Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure
The statutory filing deadline for the Form BE annual pay-to-play disclosure in New Jersey, which requires each business entity that received payments of $50,000 or more (in the aggregate) as a result of New Jersey government contracts during the 2019 calendar year to disclose its government contracts and political contributions, is set for Monday, March 30, 2020.
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.
New Jersey’s “Dark Money” Law is Effectively Dead
For more than a year now, New Jersey non-profits and politically active groups have been following the saga of S150, the so-called Dark Money law. This law would have dramatically increased the reporting obligations of 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations and political organizations operating under Section 527 of Internal Revenue Code that engaged in a wide range of New Jersey political activity and advocacy.
Jennifer Roselle to Present FMLA Seminar for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Counsel Jennifer Roselle, Esq. will present a seminar to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities at a Professional Development Program entitled, “Leaves of Absence in New Jersey-A Look at the Family Medical Leave Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act” on March 11th.
Rebecca Moll Freed to Present Government Banking Seminar for New Jersey Bankers Association
Partner Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. will present a Government Banking Seminar for members of the New Jersey Bankers Association on March 10th.
Developers May be Required to Pay for Off-Tract Mass Transit Upgrades
Throughout the country various methods have been employed in hopes of generating the necessary capital to upgrade transit infrastructure. New Jersey is no stranger to this problem and Senators Joseph P. Cryan and Loretta Weinberg are sponsoring S-368, a bill that they believe provides the solution.
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.
Michael McQueeny to Speak at NJ Cannabis Insider Event
Counsel Michael C. McQueeny presenting at the New Jersey Cannabis Insider Live Event on March 10th.
Appellate Division Permits Public Records Access to Police Use of Force Reports Involving Juveniles
On February 19, 2020, the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision Digital First Media v. Ewing Township permitting a newspaper access under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to Use of Force Reports (UFR) involving a juvenile, provided the juvenile’s name is redacted.
Proposed Amendments To The NJLAD Will Change The Management Of Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation Claims In The Workplace
New Jersey’s Division on Civil Rights (DCR) issued Findings and Recommendations on Preventing and Eliminating Sexual Harassment in New Jersey (the Recommendations) in February 2020. Governor Phil Murphy released proposed legislation aimed at strengthening New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination around the same time.
All Bark, Even Bigger Bite: New Jersey's New Worker Misclassification Protections
On January 20, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law a series of legislative packages aimed at combating worker misclassification and exploitation. These bills will bolster an already-aggressive state department of labor that has the independent contractor model squarely in its sights.
Automatic Severance and Additional Notice: The Expanding Obligations For Employers Under New Jersey’s New WARN ACT
Effective July 19, 2020, pursuant to new legislation signed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on January 21, 2020, New Jersey employers with at least 100 employees over a 3 year period, will have new and expanded obligations to provide their employees with advance notice and severance pay under revisions to the State’s Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (NJ WARN). As a result of these revisions, New Jersey will have the most burdensome and expensive reduction-in-force (RIF) legislation in the country.
NJ Appellate Division Clears Haze About Workers’ Compensation Prescribed Medical Marijuana
On January 13, 2020, the Appellate Division ruled that medical marijuana may provide a reasonable and necessary form of treatment in workers’ compensation cases.
William F. Harrison and Michael C. McQueeny to Present at APA-New Jersey Chapter Planning Conference
Firm Partner William F. Harrison and Counsel Michael C. McQueeny are among the presenters at the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter’s 2020 Planning Conference.
Uncertain Fate of Affordable Care Act and 2017 Rules Creating New Exemptions to ACA’s Contraception Coverage Requirements; New Jersey’s Response
On December 18, 2019 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision which the court revised on January 9, declared the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual health insurance mandate unconstitutional as a result of Congress’ elimination of the mandate’s financial penalty in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”), but declined to invalidate ACA in its entirety and sent the case back to the district court to decide the issue.
Governor Murphy, in State of the State Address, Focuses on Ethics and Pay-to-Play Reform
In Governor Murphy’s January 14, 2020 State of the State address, the first-term governor promised to propose, in the coming weeks, reforms to the State’s ethics laws, financial disclosures, and pay-to-play laws. The Governor highlighted that it has been more than a decade since the Executive and Legislative branches “undertook comprehensive ethics reform.”
New Jersey Employers – The NLRB Loosens Restrictions On Confidentiality Instructions For Investigations
On December 16, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Apogee Retail LLC d/b/a Unique Thrift Store and Kathy Johnson, upholding an employer’s confidentiality instructions to employees involved in open workplace investigations and any investigations pending or initiated after December 16, 2019. When implementing this decision to its active investigations, New Jersey employers must be mindful of pro-employee laws which not only allow, but encourage employee discussion.
#3 Genova Burns’ 30th Anniversary Countdown of the Most Influential Cases, Events and Laws
As Genova Burns celebrates its 30th anniversary serving the legal needs of clients throughout New Jersey and across the Northeast, we will be counting down the top 30 legal cases, events and laws that have left a significant impact on society, business, politics, and lifestyle here in the Garden State.
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).