Many school district 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 school districts might allow this “piggy-backing” of leave time, but doing so may result in a violation of the FMLA and exposure to potential liability.
In a procedural decision which some are viewing with surprise and which others are viewing as a civil rights victory, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving transgender students using the bathrooms and locker facilities that align with their gender identities.
On January 17, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative Leaders announced the collective decision to raise the minimum wage rate in New Jersey from $8.85 per hour to $15 per hour for most businesses over a five (5) year period. On January 24, 2019, the New Jersey Assembly's Labor Committee approved legislation (Assembly Bill A-15) that would implement the minimum wage increase. If approved by other Legislative Committees, passed by both the full Assembly and Senate, and signed into law by the Governor in its present form, key provisions of Bill A-15 include the following
In two recent decisions, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) required school boards to continue paying employees the salary increases as written in their three-year contracts, even after those contracts have expired, disrupting the longstanding practice of withholding salary increments during negotiations until a new contract is formed.
For decades schools have battled tobacco and drug use by students, and the newest challenge facing schools is “vaping” or the use of e-cigarettes by students. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices which emit doses of vaporized nicotine or non-nicotine substances, which the user inhales.
Opioid antidotes are now required to be on-hand at public and private high schools in New Jersey. Attorney Andrew Li discusses.
Recess is now mandatory in New Jersey public schools. Attorney Andrew Li explains.
With summer coming to a close, Public Schools and Education attorney Kayleen Egan discusses a common issue in school districts, lunch arrears, and how to handle them.
The United States Supreme Court overturns a 40 year precedent for the NJEA and other public sector unions.