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EPA Awards Over $6 Million to PFAS Research

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced approximately $6 million has been awarded, as part of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results Program, to eight organizations for research into the environmental impacts of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The ...

EPA Redefines Waters of the U.S. — Again — in Bid to Promote Regulatory Consistency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the next steps toward repealing the 2015 Obama Administration-era rule defining Waters of the United States in order to achieve its stated goal of increased regulatory certainty. The changes are expected to affect anyone who is ...

New Jersey Moves to Expand Online Breach Notification Requirements

As the result of recent legislation, New Jersey residents now have additional rights to privacy and protection when it comes to their online accounts. Effective September 1, companies must disclose data breaches that involve usernames, email addresses and/or other account holder ...

EPA Proposes Revisions to Coal Combustion Residual Rule; Public Comments Accepted Until Mid-October

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took further action that will impact electric utilities and other parties that handle Coal Combustion Residual (CCR), i.e., fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulfurization materials resulting when coal is ...

Governor Murphy Signs Long-Awaited SRRA 2.0

Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the law created a decade ago to govern the remediation of contaminated sites in New Jersey through the creation of the licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) program. The revisions ...

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 ...

DNC Hacking Lawsuit against Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign and Others Dismissed

On July 30, 2019, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, campaign leaders, WikiLeaks, Russia and others related to the Russian hacking of Democratic Party computers and the dissemination of ...

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 ...

A Split New Jersey Appellate Division Permits Class Certification in Drink Price Suit Against Restaurant Franchise

On July 11, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division, in a split decision, found that the trial court improperly denied class certification for a consumer’s claims arising under the New Jersey Truth in Consumer Contract and Warranty Notice Act (TCCWNA) and the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA). In ...

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 ...

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