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Every Team Needs a Playbook: Why Every New Jersey Business Should have an Employee Handbook, and What Should Be in It.

Every Team Needs a Playbook: Why Every New Jersey Business Should have an Employee Handbook, and What Should Be in It.

Posted July 19, 2024 in Labor & Employment

The key to any successful mission is communication. Running a business is no different. New Jersey employers should communicate their expectations to their employees and have clear and comprehensive policies for how their harmonious and legally compliant workplace will function. An employee handbook or policy manual is an essential tool that not only sets the […]

An Overview of the Handling of Hostile Work Environment Complaints for New Jersey Employers

An Overview of the Handling of Hostile Work Environment Complaints for New Jersey Employers

Posted June 21, 2024 in Labor & Employment

It is imperative that New Jersey based employers address employee complaints of a hostile work environment in a thorough, timely, and efficient manner. Failure to do so could result in a toxic workplace culture, and even costly litigation. A hostile work environment typically involves conduct based on certain characteristics that are protected under state and […]

Protecting Yourself and Your Employees: The Crucial Role of Employee Handbooks for Small Businesses in New Jersey

Protecting Yourself and Your Employees: The Crucial Role of Employee Handbooks for Small Businesses in New Jersey

Posted June 14, 2024 in Corporate & Business, Labor & Employment

An employee handbook serves as a comprehensive guide that outlines expectations, rights, and responsibilities for both small business employers and its employees. An employee handbook provides clarity and consistency in employment practices. Small businesses often lack the resources and infrastructure of larger corporations, making it essential to have standardized policies and procedures in place. An […]

New Jersey Employee Rights and Employer Obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act

New Jersey Employee Rights and Employer Obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act

Posted June 6, 2024 in Labor & Employment

The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA” 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2654) grants eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for specific family and medical reasons while maintaining job protection.  An employee is “eligible” if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months. Employers have a legitimate interest in maintaining smooth […]

New Jersey Employers’ Duties and Obligations under the ADA and NJLAD

New Jersey Employers’ Duties and Obligations under the ADA and NJLAD

Posted May 21, 2024 in Labor & Employment

New Jersey employers are required to comply with both the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”, 42 U.S.C. § 12102) and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”, N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.) when dealing with a disabled employee. Both of these laws protect disabled employees from workplace discrimination, while the NJLAD’s protections extend to other protected characteristics, […]

What Do Employers Needs to Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

What Do Employers Needs to Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

Posted July 24, 2023 in Labor & Employment

Following enactment by President Biden, on June 27, 2023, the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) became effective. The PWFA enhances the accommodation protections for pregnant and postpartum workers and applicants in the workplace. The PWFA provides an affirmative right to qualified individuals to receive reasonable accommodations for known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or […]

NJ Employers – Things You Need to Know About the Indoor Mask Mandate

NJ Employers – Things You Need to Know About the Indoor Mask Mandate

Posted May 25, 2021 in Labor & Employment

On May 24, 2021, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242 (“EO-242”) which lifts the indoor mask mandate, with some exceptions, effective May 28, 2021. At first glance, it appears as though the mask mandate was being lifted entirely, but that is not necessarily the case. Businesses and entities “overseeing indoor spaces may continue […]

Users of Medical Marijuana Not a Protected Class Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

Users of Medical Marijuana Not a Protected Class Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

Posted December 3, 2020 in Labor & Employment

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court recently handed down a decision holding that employees who lawfully engage in the use of medical marijuana are not protected under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). The case, Harrisburg Area Community College v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (Swope), was decided on October 29, 2020. The decision is a victory for employers […]

Employers Face Potential Covid-19 Related Lawsuits by Employees, OSHA and EEOC if Workplace Safety and Leave Rules Are Not Followed

Employers Face Potential Covid-19 Related Lawsuits by Employees, OSHA and EEOC if Workplace Safety and Leave Rules Are Not Followed

Posted November 9, 2020 in Labor & Employment

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in the context of ravaging rowhouse fires caused by those who failed to properly tend to their fireplaces.  This advice still holds true today especially as it relates to the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.  Employers have a legal duty to […]

Stringent New Jersey Employer Protocols to Combat COVID-19 Mandatory on November 5

Stringent New Jersey Employer Protocols to Combat COVID-19 Mandatory on November 5

Posted October 29, 2020 in Labor & Employment

Citing a recent surge in COVID-19 infections throughout New Jersey, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 192 on October 28, 2020 (the “Executive Order”) effective as of 6:00am, Thursday, November 5, 2020. The Executive Order requires public and private workplaces to adhere to certain health and safety protocols, and creates a system for employees to report […]

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