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    Michael Shadiack is the Chair of Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Representing a broad spectrum of employers and management personnel in the private and public sectors, he provides litigation defense and ...

Caution Before the Storm

Recreational marijuana will be available for sale in New Jersey beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st.

A few things for employers to remember:

  • Employers can require a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.
  • Employers can prohibit the use, consumption, being under the influence ...
President Biden Signs the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021” (the “Act”) (otherwise known as the “#MeToo Bill”).  The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act, and nullifies mandatory arbitration ...

OSHA: COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Status Update and Summary of Requirements

Status Update

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure unvaccinated employees: either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or begin weekly testing by ...

2022 Employer To-Do Checklist
  1. DEVELOP A COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE AND/OR TESTING/FACE COVERING POLICY AND EDUCATE EMPLOYEES.  Employers must understand the legal and practical considerations to implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate or, alternatively, a testing/face covering policy to ensure compliance with a ...
Religious Objection to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: EEOC Issues Updated Guidance

On October 25, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering further clarity on some of the longstanding practices surrounding religious-based objections by an employee to a mandatory ...

Governor Murphy Provides Guidance for Employers on Face Mask and Social Distancing Measures in the Workplace

On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242, which rescinded, as of May 28, 2021, the mask and social distancing mandates for businesses that are open to the public, but retained those mandates for businesses generally closed to the public. 

On May 26, 2021, however ...

New Jersey Department of Health Issues Guidance for Employers on Mandating COVID Vaccination

On March 19, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) issued guidance for employers that want to require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace. In its guidance on the issue, the DOH explained that an employer can issue such a mandate ...

Impact of Recreational Cannabis Law on Employers

Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an adult-use cannabis reform bill into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years of age and older. While we are awaiting the official version of the law to be circulated, here are some important takeaways from ...

CDC Announces New Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered its prior COVID-19 quarantine guidelines with the release of revised public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Specifically, a vaccinated person with an exposure to someone ...

New OSHA Workplace Guidance on COVID-19

On January 29, 2021, in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.

The stated intent of the ...

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