October 10th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
August 21st, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
August 9th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
With the signing of Bill A1094 into law on July 25, 2019, New Jersey has followed in the footsteps of several other states by prohibiting employers from inquiring about job applicants’ prior earning history. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and pertains not only to wages, but also other employment-related compensation and benefits.
July 9th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
New Jersey’s marijuana legislation has been in a constant state of flux for more than a year. Prior to July 2, 2019, New Jersey’s medical marijuana law allowed individuals who received a valid recommendation from a physician to purchase, possess and consume cannabis, but failed to provide any protection for medical marijuana users in the employment arena. In fact, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, N.J.S.A. 24:61-1, et seq. (CUMMA), specifically did not require an employer to accommodate a medical marijuana user. That all changed on July 2, 2019, when Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that expanded the State’s medical marijuana program in significant ways.
March 20th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
February 25th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that significantly expands the existing NJ Family Leave Act (NJFLA), as well as the NJ Family Leave Insurance Law (NJFLI). The new law creates major changes, some of which employers must comply with by June 30, 2019.
February 8th, 2019 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.
On Feb. 4, 2019, a new minimum wage law was passed that will eventually raise the minimum wage in NJ for most workers to $15. For the first time the NJ minimum wage has been applied to municipalities and other government agencies.
January 18th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
October 5th, 2018 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
Employers beware…if you intend to revoke an offer of employment based on information obtained from a background check, you must first provide a copy of the background check report to the job applicant. Otherwise, the applicant will have the option to sue you under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a ruling that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Sept. 10, 2018.
April 26th, 2018 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.
On April 12, 2018, the New Jersey legislature passed a law mandating all employers to pay employees for sick leave, regardless of the size of the employer or the employee’s status as full-time, part-time, or temporary.