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NJ LAWMAKERS AVOIDED A $1 BILLION TAX INCREASE ON EMPLOYERS AND REFORMED AN EMPLOYEE’S ELIGIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

With the signing of S-1813, Chapter 37 of the Public Laws of 2010 on June 30, 2010, New Jersey employers received a much needed break in the form of a reduction in unemployment taxes. The new law prevents an automatic tax increase that was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2010, which would have […]

NJLAD’s “Over 70 Exception” Does Not Apply to Contract Renewal

In Nini v. Mercer Community College, No. A-13/14-09 (N.J. June 1, 2010), the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the Appellate Division’s 2009 decision holding that a contract renewal is equivalent to a termination; and does not, therefore, fall within the “over 70 exception” in the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). Under the NJLAD “over […]

Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Disabled Employees in Scheduling Shifts

On April 8, 2010, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that employers must provide “reasonable accommodations” to disabled employees in establishing work schedules, even when the sole disability-related issue involves an employee’s commute to work. In Colwell v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 08-4675 (3d Cir. Apr. 8, 2010), Jeanette Colwell, a part […]

Employers Required to Provide Breaks for Nursing Mothers

A provision in the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as the “Health Care Reform Act”) requires employers to provide a “reasonable break time” and a place, other than a bathroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion by co-workers and the public for employees to express breast milk for […]

Employees Sometimes Have an Expectation of Privacy When Using Company Computers

Most New Jersey employers have long operated under the belief that employees have no expectation of privacy in the workplace when using company computers; and, in fact, the employer has the right to review any electronic information contained and/or maintained on work computers.  Recently, however, in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., the New Jersey Supreme […]

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