Blog Post
By Ruth A. Rauls

New Jersey’s Governor has taken aim at employee misclassification by signing into law four Bills that anoint heightened administrative powers to the New Jersey Department of Labor (“DOL”), require additional reporting requirements, and amend the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Act (“NJIFA”) to allow for monetary penalties and civil liability. These new laws are yet another move by the Garden State to crack down on misclassification of employees as independent contractors, a practice that Governor Murphy has characterized as unfair to workers. Although the new laws all focus on addressing misclassification, they do so in differing ways.

Blog Post
By Garrett P. Buttrey and Jason Tremblay

The trickle-down effects of the Supreme Court’s endorsement of employee arbitration agreements in 2018 continue to inform judicial opinions across the country, most recently being used to invalidate a New Jersey prohibition of prospective jury trial waivers in workplace discrimination cases.

Blog Post
By Ruth A. Rauls and Lisa M. Koblin

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently issued an Executive Order effective November 5, 2020, mandating new health and safety requirements in the workplace due to the increased spread of COVID-19. These health and safety mandates apply to every business, non-profit and governmental or educational entity that requires or permits any of its workforce to be physically present at a worksite. NJ employers should be prepared to implement daily employee health checks, as well as mandatory social distancing and face masks for all employees, customers and visitors, with very limited exceptions. Employers who fail to institute these measures can be subject to fines, penalties, or their worksites can be shut down by the State. Employers should review their COVID-19-related policies and practices as soon as possible to make sure they are compliant with the Governor’s new Order.