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NJ Proposes Bill to Ban NDAs in Discrimination & Harassment Claims

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 17, 2018 4:24:00 PM

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are common in settlements of workplace sexual harassment suits to limit what the parties can reveal about the facts of the complaint and the terms of a settlement. They often limit what all parties involved can reveal about the accused harasser, the alleged victim, and the workplace culture or environment that may have fostered or condoned behavior that led to a harassment claim. In light of the #MeToo movement, which encourages victims to speak out publicly about their experiences of workplace harassment in an effort to prevent future occurrences, a number of states have passed or are considering legislation limiting NDAs.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

NJ Task Force Prioritizes Properly Classifying Workers

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 12, 2018 1:59:00 PM

Worker misclassification costs more than you may think. While employees who are misclassified as independent contractors may pay higher self-employment taxes and miss out on many benefits and protections of state and federal laws, New Jersey also misses out on significant revenue that businesses must tender to the state on behalf of employees but not independent contractors.

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Topics: Employment Law, Whistleblower Protection, Workers' Compensation

N.J. Workers’ Comp Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Is Covered

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 25, 2018 7:35:00 PM

A recent ruling by a New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation could expand workers’ compensation coverage in an unexpected way—to cover the costs of an injured worker’s medical marijuana use. 

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How to Handle #MeToo Complaints in the Workplace

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 12, 2018 8:55:00 AM

The #MeToo movement has helped bring workplace sexual harassment into the spotlight. As more and more employees speak up about their concerns, complaints, and personal experiences, employers strive to respond to their individual issues and develop protocols for handling these situations. One excellent resource for employers and employees working to establish and implement response systems is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Topics: Employment Law

Investigating Sexual Harassment in the NJ Workplace

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 28, 2018 3:06:00 PM

Employers in New Jersey have a responsibility to both establish preventive measures against sexual harassment and other forms of workplace misconduct and to take remedial measures when harassment is reported.[1] An employer has a responsibility to adequately investigate allegations of sexual harassment—especially if it wants to claim that it should avoid vicarious liability because it had created and enforced an effective policy against sexual harassment.[2]

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Social Media for Employers: Staying Legal & Protected

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 14, 2018 3:34:00 PM

Social media is big business these days. Successful employers use online platforms for a variety of uses, like viral marketing campaigns, direct ads, recruitment efforts, screening potential candidates for employment, and communicating with existing employees. However, this increased connectivity comes with increased risk. As technology continues to evolve, the laws around it do, too.

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Topics: Employment Law

New Jersey Toddler Suffers Third-Degree Burns from Wawa Water

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 8, 2018 1:52:00 PM

In another tragic series of events, a New Jersey three-year-old suffered serious burns when a Wawa clerk knocked a cup of scalding water off a counter and onto her upper body, arms, and torso. Her parents have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the company on behalf of themselves and the girl, asking for compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, and other damages. 

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Topics: Personal Injury

Jersey Shore Gas Station Attendants Recover $2.1 Million in Back Wages

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 2, 2018 4:16:00 PM

Following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department, a number of New Jersey gas station owners have agreed to pay approximately $2.1 million to compensate underpaid station attendants at 24 central and south Jersey locations. The federal bureau’s investigation found the workers had not been receiving the minimum wage and overtime required by law. Do you know what pay you’re entitled to under the law?

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Legalized Sports Betting Comes to New Jersey

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 17, 2018 4:58:00 PM

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill legalizing sports betting in New Jersey in early June and placed the very first legal bets under the law: $20 on Germany to win the World Cup and another $20 on the Devils to win the 2019 Stanley Cup. Although both bets were losers, the law may be a winner for the people of New Jersey.

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What Are the Rules for Drug Testing in NJ Workplaces?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 6, 2018 3:06:00 PM

One of the highest priorities of New Jersey employers is to promote safety in their workplaces. Drug and alcohol use, however, can contribute to workplace accidents and create a hazardous environment. One method employers use to combat these dangers is drug testing, either before employees are hired or during their employment (or both). Although New Jersey does not have any laws regulating or restricting drug testing in the workplace, case law provides some guidance on the circumstances in which employer drug testing is permissible.

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Topics: Employment Law

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