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Governor Murphy Bans NDAs in Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Cases

Mar 20, 2019 | Written by: Leslie A. Parikh, Esq. |

Effective March 18, 2019, New Jersey legislation now prevents employers from entering into non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements (NDAs) with employees who allege harassment in the workplace. ...

Appellate Division Finds that Violations of Local Government Ethics Law Must be Intentional to be Actionable

Feb 27, 2019 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

City of Linden Council members recently appealed a determination of the Local Finance Board on summary judgment that they had violated N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.5(c) by using their positions to secure an...

What a Divorce Trial is Like, and Why You Should Avoid It

Feb 26, 2019 | Written by: William J. Rudnik, Esq. |

If you have reached the point where your divorce case is going to trial, it means either one or both parties are unreasonable with regard to their position, or there is an obscure legal issue (very...

Appellate Decision Cautions Land Use Board Members Against Ex Parte Communications with Applicants

Feb 25, 2019 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

On appeal in Sternas v. DMH2, LLC, A-2051-16T4 (Feb. 4, 2019), the Appellate Division considered whether the Class II Planning Board member, who was also the municipal engineer, had a conflict of...

Governor Murphy Expands Family Leave Law

Feb 25, 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...

Appellate Division Declines to Apply Heightened Standard to Zoning Ordinances that Contradict State and Regional Plans

Feb 20, 2019 | Written by: Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq. |

In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Township of Branchburg, A-0843-16T1 (App. Div. Dec. 13, 2018), the Township of Branchburg appealed the trial court’s holding that invalidated a 2008 land use...

What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce?

Feb 18, 2019 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

The system currently in place for families contemplating divorce is imperfect.  It is not possible for a system based on very specific rules to uniquely or perfectly apply to each individual’s...

New Minimum Wage Passed in New Jersey

Feb 8, 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...

Does a Parent’s “Strained” Relationship with a Child Obviate the Parent’s Obligation to Contribute to College?

Jan 29, 2019 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

Not according to the Appellate Division in the recent case of Hamilton v. Hamilton[1].  In this January 22, 2019 decision, the appellate division concluded that the father would be required to pay...

NYC May Be Paving the Way for Employee Wellness with Its Proposed Legislation

Jan 18, 2019 | Written by: Leslie A. Parikh, Esq. |

Newly proposed legislation by New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, Jr., dubbed the “Right to Disconnect” bill, will essentially make it unlawful for employers to require their employees to...