With recent media coverage creating a renewed awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, allegations are on the rise. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, employers may be liable for sexual harassment that takes place inside or outside of the workplace between employees. There is also exposure if harassment occurs between an employee and a third party who interacts with the company.
As Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, fire departments across New Jersey are reminding residents to check their home smoke detectors.
That’s a good idea, and it’s also a good time for New Jersey school districts to check and maintain their automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which have been required by Janet’s Law, N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41a, to be present in every school since September 1, 2014.
One of the biggest controversies dominating the sports world right now is the “take a knee” protests during the national anthem. The movement that started with the NFL has expanded to other professional sports - and is now starting to appear in public schools.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that could potentially expand the liability of school districts for the misconduct of even ostensibly “low level” employees, if those employees are deemed to have supervisory authority over other employees.
As school board members know, 2011 marked a significant change in how bullying, harassment, and intimidation were dealt with in New Jersey schools. The “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act” created a new definition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (“HIB”); and, significantly for school boards, created new investigation, reporting, discipline, and appeal procedures that must be followed when there are reports of bullying.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, reported that hackers may have accessed the personal data of 143 million American consumers. This personal data included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. The breach also compromised credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers, and dispute documents with personal identifying information for 182,000 consumers. This stolen information can be used to commit identity theft which can cost significant time and money to correct.
On August 7, 2017, Governor Chris Christie signed in to law P.L.2017, c.206 ("Act"), which permits fire districts in the State of New Jersey ("State") to move the date of their annual fire district election to the date of the November general election. Presently, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-72 requires that an election shall be held annually on the third Saturday in February in each established fire district in the State. Pursuant to the Act, the Board of Fire Commissioners of each fire district may now adopt a resolution moving the annual fire district election to the date of the general election in November.
The growing number of “Back To School” sales at this time of year makes many a student groan, “But summer just started!” Usually, those vocal complaints are a student’s only expressions of dismay -- but what happens when a student takes it upon themselves to “extend” their summer vacation and fails to attend school?
In Kate Lynn Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, Inc., a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that a transgender woman with gender dysphoria was protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a decision that may allow for greater workplace protections for transgender employees.
Aetna recently announced that it will withdraw from the New Jersey Affordable Care Act market in 2018. This leaves three carriers that will provide small group coverage effective in 2018. They are Horizon, AmeriHealth and Oxford.