01Jul

New Jersey Supreme Court rules that supervisor’s use of ethnic slurs against an employee on only two occasions is enough to establish a hostile work environment claim

The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously held that a supervisor’s two instances of offensive slurs were sufficient to support a hostile work environment claim. On June 16, 2021, the Court held in Rios Jr. v. Meda Pharmaceutical, Inc., that two


07May

Rights Of Home Health Care Aide Workers

Most home health care workers must be paid minimum wage and overtime pay. Minimum wage in New Jersey is $12.00 per hour and in New York City, it is $15.00 per hour. If a worker works more than 40 hours


26Apr

Arbitration in New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Claims

There has been much debate in New Jersey on whether arbitration agreements are enforceable in discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The New Jersey District Court settled this matter in N.J. Civil


05Feb

Beware of No-Fault Attendance Policies

There is a practice that some employers utilize that employees need to understand. It is known as a “No-Fault Attendance Policy.” These policies provide for automatic discipline, up to termination, after a specified number of absences or “occurrences” within a


04Jan

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage increases to $12 per hour starting January 1, 2021

The 2021 minimum wage for most employees in New Jersey will be $12 per hour — an increase from $11 per hour in 2020. The minimum wage for tipped employees is increasing to $4.13 per hour, up from $3.13 per


15Dec

New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Effective January 1, 2021, New York City is expanding its paid sick leave law. The amendments to the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law (“NYCPSL”) provide the following: Employers with 100 or more employees must provide up to 56


01Dec

New Jersey COVID-19 Employment Update: Executive Order 192

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to lead to new laws and regulations in the workplace. The most recent is Executive Order 192, issued by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy which took effect on November 5, 2020. This Order requires employers with


18Nov

Can you be fired for having to quarantine?

An issue facing employees right now is the technicalities related to returning to the workplace. For employees who are back at work, it is unsurprising that situations may arise where the employee is exposed to COVID-19, a family member has


03Aug

Employment Litigation In The Wake Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a drastic shift in the employment landscape that may result in a wave of litigation alleging employers violated existing labor laws and the recently enacted coronavirus leave law. While employees in the greater New York


29Jul

New York City Takes Stand Against Race and National Origin Discrimination Based on Coronavirus Fears

The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact on New York City and surrounding areas. While the daily number of new cases in New York is decreasing, the virus shows no sign of slowing down in many other parts of


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