On Monday May 22, 2017, the New Jersey Assembly voted, 49-19, with seven abstentions, to approve combined Assembly Bill, A3480, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary or earnings history or making such a disclosure a condition of employment. A3480 was introduced on March 14, 2016 and later combined with Assembly…

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal civil rights laws prohibited discrimination in the workplace against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender employees. By an 8-3 decision, the Seventh Circuit overturned a three-judges panel and determined that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination,…

I was injured at work, but have not reported the injury yet. How long do I have to report the injury? Under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, an employee who was injured at work should file a report with their employer immediately or as soon thereafter as possible. The report can be written or verbal….

The Small Business Development Center The Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College provides business owners and entrepreneurs, whether pre-venture or already operational, with an opportunity to receive counseling services for a variety of areas important to the successful operation of a business.  Counselors provide guidance on areas such as business planning, marketing…

On February 6, 2017, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court reached a key decision in determining the specificity required in waiver provisions in employment contracts. The New Jersey appeals court reversed and remanded a $2 million attorneys’ fee award awarded to the employer, Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. In the matter, Noren v….

New Jersey Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 2017 On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for New Jersey employees will increase from $8.38 per hour to $8.46 per hour. The increase was announced by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is based on the 0.66% increase in the consumer price…

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving dinner was at least a little awkward this year for some people. Though the election was over a month ago, talk about the election continues to seep into nearly every facet of our lives. Not only did politics likely dominate Thanksgiving, but it likely made its way into the office. Most…

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an employment agreement that shortened an employee’s time to file Law Against Discrimination (LAD) claims to six months ran contrary to public policy. In Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., the employer, Raymours Furniture Co. (operating as Raymour & Flanigan), prepared an employment agreement that required…

Recently, two bills were proposed to the New Jersey Legislature to amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD).  The bills each set forth an amendment that would prohibit employers from asking about or relying upon an employee’s prior salary history in order to determine their salary when hiring. Assembly Bills A3480, introduced on March…

Let’s face it: most of us do not work for free. As much as we might not like it, we work to live and we work for a great portion of our lives. The wages paid to employees are vital. They allow employees to support themselves and their families. This is true for employees of…