13Apr

New Jersey Employees’ Sick Leave Rights Have Recently Expanded

Many sick employees are currently protected from adverse employment treatment under the federally-mandated Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Under the FMLA, an employee working for a covered employer may take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year


27Mar

New Jersey Governor Limits Employment Nondisclosure Agreements

This week, New Jersey enacted a law to further protect employee rights. Ordinarily, if a nondisclosure agreement’s terms are violated, the harmed party (whose contractually-protected private information was revealed) could sue the disclosing party for injunctive and monetary relief. However,


25Jan

Court Finds Emailed Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable

On January 16, 2019, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held in Skuse v. Pfizer, Inc., that Pfizer’s use of a computer training program emailed to employees was inadequate to obtain the employees’ agreement to arbitrate disputes. Pfizer


02Jan

Forced Arbitration is Unfair to Workers

Many companies require their workers to sign arbitration agreements—contracts that require workers to bring any claims related to their employment through arbitration, a private dispute resolution process outside the court system. Companies often require this of both employees and independent


10Dec

Second Circuit Vacates Lower Court Decision Ruling Time Warner Territory Sales Representatives were Exempt from Overtime Pay

On October 4, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York which held that Territory Sales Representatives(TSRs) for a cable company were exempt from overtime pay


19Nov

New York City Supports #MeToo Movement with Sexual Harassment Legislation

On April 11, 2018 the New York City Council passed a package of bills called the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” (the “Act”) (Int. No. 632-A), which were signed into law by Mayor Bill DeBlasio on May 9, 2018.


13Nov

JPMorgan Settles Race Discrimination Suit with Financial Advisors for $24 Million

According to August 31, 2018, court filings, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached a settlement with six current and former financial advisors who sued the company for racial discrimination. The settlement includes $19.5 million paid to the financial advisors, and a


25Oct

WeWork Settles with New York State Attorney General on Overly Broad Non-Competes

On September 18, 2018, WeWork, a shared-office company, agreed to end its practice of using overly broad non-compete agreements as part of a settlement with the attorneys general of New York and Illinois. The settlement eliminates or reduces the scope


22Oct

Federal Government Sues Walmart for Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 20, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Walmart in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin for pregnancy discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that Walmart unlawfully refused to provide Alyssa


28Sep

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Truckers’ Wage Deduction Class Action is Not Preempted by Federal Law

On September 27, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court for the District of New Jersey’s holding denying the defendant employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff truck drivers’ claims based on federal


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