Blog Post
07/15/2021
By Ruth A. Rauls and Zachary Kimmel

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
07/14/2021
By Angella N. Middleton

July 3, 2021 marked National CROWN Day – the second anniversary of when California became the first state to pass a CROWN law in July 2019.  CROWN laws, or laws for “Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair,” are part of a nationwide effort seeking to “ensure protection against discrimination based on hairstyles” in the Fair Employment and Housing Act and state Education Codes.  Supporters of CROWN laws have explained that these laws address generations-long pressures that forced or threatened to force persons of various ethnicities to feel that their hair needed

Blog Post
07/08/2021
By Angella N. Middleton

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a technical assistance document for “Protections Against Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.” The document briefly explains the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-1618 (S. Ct. June 15, 2020) and the EEOC’s established legal positions on sexual-orientation and gender-identity-related workplace discrimination issues.

Blog Post
06/29/2021
By Anna Maria Tejada and Zachary Kimmel

Labor & Employment attorneys Anna Maria Tejada and Zach Kimmel will continue leading HR professionals through the lifecycle of an employee during part two of their four-part series. The topics discussed will include discipline and performance management. In conjunction with the interactive conversation, we will be sharing tangible takeaways that include: counseling forms, sample performance improvement plan, and the presentation slides.

Blog Post
06/16/2021
By Zachary Kimmel

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision on June 8, 2021, holding that an adverse employment action is not a required element for a failure-to-accommodate claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and these claims are not barred by the Worker’s Compensation Act (WCA). The Court’s decision in Richter v.

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