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


21Sep

National Labor Relations Board Issues Proposed Rule to Limit Joint Employer Liability

On September 14, 2018, the federal agency that oversees labor practices nationwide, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), proposed a new rule that would redefine the standard for determining whether a company is considered a joint employer of its franchisees’


18Sep

New Jersey Law Does Not Protect Employees Who Use Medical Marijuana from Employer Drug Testing Requirements

On August 10, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed an employee’s claims in Cotto v. Ardagh Glass Packing, Inc., holding that neither the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (“NJCUMMA”) nor the


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