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By Susan S. Hodges on August 16, 2019

Client Alert! On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued an opinion letter in which the DOL concluded that the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") covers a parent’s attendance at his/her child’s individualized education ("IEP") meeting at school.

By Susan S. Hodges on August 9, 2019

On August 6, 2019 Acting Governor Shelia Oliver signed the Wage Theft Act into law. The law revised New Jersey wage and hour laws to include new civil and criminal penalties for failure to pay compensation and benefits, pensions, medical treatment, disability benefits, and workers' compensation.

By Anand A. Acharya on August 6, 2019

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the circumstances that led to the planned phase-out of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate, commonly referred to as “LIBOR” and the proposed replacement rate known as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”). In this last part of the series, we will present the proposed language recommended by the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) to be used in new contracts that reference LIBOR.

By Susan S. Hodges on July 26, 2019

On July 25, 2019, New Jersey Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signed A1094 into law, which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prevent employers from asking about workers’ wages and salary histories.

By Colleen S. Heckman on June 28, 2019

In February of 2019, Governor Murphy signed a bill that gradually increases the minimum wage, over the span of multiple years, to $15.00 per hour. The minimum wage for most employees is currently $8.85 per hour. However, the minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2019. 

By Colleen S. Heckman on June 28, 2019

In February of this year, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that expanded the Family Leave Act. While some of the expansion took effect immediately, other changes are phased in. 

By Colleen S. Heckman on June 17, 2019

Many employees want to use their paid time off before going on unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), in order to extend their total leave time. Many employers might allow this “piggy-backing” of leave time, but doing so may result in a violation of the FMLA and exposure to potential liability.

By Colleen S. Heckman on March 18, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposal to increase the minimum salary threshold for the administrative, executive, and professional overtime exemptions. 

By Sarah E. Tornetta on February 20, 2019

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed A3975 into law, significantly expanding the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) programs to provide greater benefits to workers including additional time off, higher compensation, and increasing the class of individuals who qualify for leave.

By Sarah E. Tornetta on February 8, 2019

Employers often implement binding arbitration policies as a way to avoid litigating claims in court. Many employers prefer arbitration because it can be confidential, less costly, and consume significantly less time than a trial. A recent decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division highlights how one word can make or break the enforceability of such policies.

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