New Jersey Limits Inquiries Into Criminal Records

New Jersey amended the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (originally passed in 2014) which is commonly knows as "ban the box." The existing protection restricts employers with more than 15 employees from inquiring about criminal history during the initial phase of an employment application. It has been amended in December of 2017 to...
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New Jersey Paid Family Leave Bill

Steve Sweeney, Senate President (D-Gloucester) is co-sponsoring this bill calling it ‘a lifeline for working families." The bill, S-2528, has been advanced by the Senate Labor Committee by a margin of 3-1 in favor. a similar bill was vetoed by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and has now expected to...
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New Jersey Overtime Pay Rules in 2018

Hourly workers in New Jersey are entitled to overtime pay for any hours over a total of 40 hours in a work week (7 days worked consecutively as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act.) New Jersey has no provision to compensate employees working over a set number of hours in a single day like...
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Lawsuit Continues For Firing of Pregnant Woman

A previously dismissed lawsuit filed against St. Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ will continue following an appeal by the plaintiff. The case was previously dismissed in 2016 decision claiming a broad exemption for religious institutions. The plaintiff, Victoria Crisitello had been employed there for three years and disclosed to the school principal that she was...
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5 Examples of Workplace Discrimination

AGEISM: The Huffington Post interviewed several workers from Starbucks who alleged age-based discrimination and even wrongful termination. Multiple of the former employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. One such employee named Candice, 42, was fired and replaced with a younger employee after much scrutiny from her boss. She said she started facing...
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New Jersey Restrictive Covenant Bill

On November 9, 2017, The New Jersey Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518, which would constrain restrictive covenants or non-compete agreements with employees. A non-compete is a contract in which an employee promises not to take a job with a competitor for a certain period of time after the employment relationship ends or “an agreement...
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The New Sexual Harassment Trilogy Of Cases

Paul Castronovo And Megan Frese Porio ‘Aguas v. State of New Jersey’ In Aguas, the Supreme Court of New Jersey created a sexual harassment trilogy. Aguas v. State of New Jersey, 2015 N.J. LEXIS 131 (N.J. Feb. 11, 2015). Aguas joined Lehmann v. Toys ‘R’ Us (1993) and Gaines v. Bellino (2002) in the pantheon. The...
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