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    Michael Affrunti concentrates his practice on regulatory affairs and commercial litigation in a variety of industries that routinely intersect with state, county and local government authorities. His experience includes a ...

New Vaccine and Testing Mandates Coming to the Private Sector

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that federal government workers and contractors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and that soon this requirement will be extended to employers with 100 or more employees. This development is expected to impact more than 80 million ...

New Jersey Economic Recovery Act Set to Jumpstart Redevelopment Projects with Substantial Tax Credits

New Jersey’s business and development leaders will soon get the help needed to try and turn the page on 2020 and some of the turmoil caused by COVID-19, as Governor Phil Murphy has signed the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (S3295/A4) into law. The bipartisan legislation modifies and ...

EEOC Provides Much-Anticipated Guidance for Employers Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the employment law context, with new guidance regarding the recently-approved COVID-19 vaccines. The new section covers a host of issues related to ...

2021 Employer To-Do Checklist
  1. CONSIDER A TELECOMMUTING POLICY AND OFFSITE WORK LOCATION SAFETY CHECKLIST. Considering the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on normal business operations, employers may wish to adopt a flexible Telecommuting Policy that complements a phased-in return to the workplace ...
Governor Murphy Expands Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Essential Employees Infected with COVID-19

On September 14, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S-2380, making it easier for “essential employees” who contract COVID-19 while working away from home to pursue workers’ compensation benefits claims.

The new law is retroactive to March 9, 2020, when Governor Murphy ...

COVID-19 Workplace Policies All Employers Should Consider Before Reopening

As businesses begin planning the reopening of their offices and operations, employers must be mindful that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a serious impact both on their business and employees. The “return to work” will not necessarily be a return to normalcy, at least not for ...

Guidance for Employers on ADA- and OSHA-Compliant COVID-19 Screenings and Protections

If you asked a month ago what lawful precautions an employer can take to protect its workers against the threat of COVID-19, the answer would have been significantly different than it is today. In that short period, confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States have increased ...

NJ Halts Non-Essential Construction in Effort to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

On April 8, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 122, modifying prior orders aimed at protecting businesses, employees and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. In furtherance of these efforts, Executive Order 122 requires, among other things, all “non-essential” ...

New Jersey DOL Provides Tools to Explain the Interplay Between the FFCRA and State Leave and Benefit Laws

On March 30, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL) issued guidance regarding the interplay between the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and several of New Jersey’s leave benefit statutes.

In addition to providing a general ...

The Time for Employers to Begin Offering Commuter Benefits Is Inching Closer

Although federal law does not require an employer to offer commuter benefits to its employees, state law may soon do just that. As of March 1, 2020, or once the New Jersey Commissioner of Labor and Workplace Development promulgates regulations, New Jersey employers with 20 or more employees ...

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