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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 ...

USDOL Issues Long-Awaited Update to Overtime Rules: Salary Threshold for Exempt Status Increased

Today, September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) published its long-awaited Final Rule expanding overtime eligibility. Under the Final Rule, which will become effective on January 1, 2020, employers may have to pay overtime to employees who never previously ...

New Employee Protections Under the NJ Wage Theft Act and the Impact on Employers

In August 2019, the new Wage Theft Act ("WTA" or the "Act") was signed and became effective.  The WTA amends key provisions of New Jersey's Wage Payment Law, Equal Pay Act, and the Wage and Hour Law, and contains a number of provisions that directly impact employers. The Act's intent is to punish ...

New Jersey Passes Law Concerning Employer Inquiries About Worker’s Salary History

Beginning on January 1, 2020, it will be illegal in New Jersey for employers to screen a job applicant based on salary history (including prior wages, salary, commission, benefits, or any other current or previous compensation) or to require that salary history satisfy any minimum or maximum ...

Important Statutory Changes to NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program and the Impact on Employers

Last month, Governor Murphy signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, which modifies the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program and changes how employers can treat employees who test positive for marijuana.  The Governor described the statutory revisions as ...

Reminder: NJ Family Leave Act Now Applicable to Employers with 30 or More Employees

As we reported earlier this year, beginning June 30, 2019, New Jersey businesses with between 30 and 50 employees anywhere in the world will be subject to the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA). Until now, the law applied only to businesses with 50 or more employees, as well as all state and local ...

New Law Bars Certain Provisions in Employment Contracts and Settlement Agreements

This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) adopted by the New Jersey legislature earlier this year. The amendment bars certain provisions in employment contracts and settlement agreements between employees and ...

New Jersey Extends Leave Laws and Family Leave Insurance Benefits

On February 19, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act, and the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance Benefits Law.  This employer alert highlights notable aspects of the amendment.

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New Jersey Enacts $15 Minimum Wage

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the new minimum wage law yesterday. The law provides for staggered increases in the minimum wage until it reaches $15 per hour on January 1, 2024. The initial increase will take effect on July 1, 2019, when the minimum wage will be set at $10 per hour. Six ...

No Smoking Means No Smoking Medical Marijuana in Certain Office Places

With the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program serving more than 36,500 patients, questions surrounding the use of cannabis in the workplace are growing exponentially.  Considering that there were more than 146 applications to the Department of Health to open Medical Marijuana ...

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