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White House Issues Report on Climate and Energy Implications of Crypto-Assets in the U.S.

The White House recently authored a report containing policy guidance on the environmental issues related to cryptocurrency mining, recommending that the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy (“DOE”) and other federal agencies assist states, local communities ...

CRC Offers Employers Form to Identify Reasonable Suspicion of Cannabis Impairment

The Executive Director for the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (“CRC”) issued interim guidance on how to navigate the recreational cannabis landscape in the workplace while the CRC continues to work on creating standards for the Workplace Impairment Recognition Expert ...

Schoolyard Bully Grows Up: Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying

As businesses transition back to the office, employers are confronted with a unique scenario: employees seeing one another again in-person, sometimes for the first time in over two years.  With this comes a period of acclimation for the workforce.  Co-workers must adjust to being in close ...

EPA Proposes Designation of First PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA

On August 26, 2022, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the treatment of two PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under federal law, which would include the triggering of obligations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and ...

Two New Ways to Monetize Energy Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law last week, has created two new mechanisms for monetizing new and existing energy tax credits, which may lead to significant cost savings and eliminate the need for complicated tax equity structures for renewable energy project owners.

First, in ...

What Is “Quiet Quitting” and What Can Employers Do to Avoid It?

In the last several weeks, “quiet quitting” trended on TikTok and has crept into the lexicon of more traditional media outlets. What is it and what can employers do about it?

Quiet quitting is a misnomer—employees are not truly quitting. Advocates of quiet quitting say it is a reflection ...

Two States Now Prohibit Public Entities from Paying Ransoms

Late last year, North Carolina became the first U.S. jurisdiction to prohibit state agencies and local government entities from making a ransom payment or communicating with a threat actor following a ransomware attack.[1] Florida has now followed suit, making it the second state to ...

Inflation Reduction Act Provides Billions in Funding for Climate Initiatives and Clean Energy Development

President Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a major spending bill that attempts to tackle climate change, the cost of prescription drugs, and lower the national deficit. While the Act does not include any requirements to reduce emissions, it does provide for new oil and gas ...

Division of Civil Rights Updates LAD and FLA Poster Requirements

Effective August 1, 2022, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights adopted new and amended regulations regarding the display and distribution of posters required to be provided to employees by employers. Of particular note to employers are the requirements that apply to the Law Against ...

Employee or Independent Contractor? NJ Supreme Court Clarifies What It Means for a Worker to Be Independent

On August 2, 2022, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an opinion that examines what it means for a worker to be an independent contractor.

In general, under the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Act, to determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, the facts are to be ...

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