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Leave laws continue to be one of many jurisdictions’ top legislative priorities. If you are going to be in Chicago next week, maybe I can help you understand your obligations under various leave laws. I’m speaking at MAPI’s Benefits & Compensation in Manufacturing Conference on paid leave laws. Join me and other industry experts April 30-May 1 in Chicago for sessions and networking that will cover all aspects of benefits and compensation for manufacturers, including…
Often times when I am speaking to a client about an employee’s requested accommodation for a disability, we are talking about leave as that is often the request most difficult to accommodate.  Another one that gives employers fits is “light duty.”  But what about some other types of accommodations? A recent Pennsylvania case reminds employers that they may have to consider other types of accommodations as well.  Last week, a jury found that Premier Comp Solutions, Inc.…
With the prevalence of medical marijuana laws in this country, I routinely get asked by employers what are the rules where an employee has a medical marijuana card?  Can I still do pre-employment screening?  What if they are using at work?  Do I have to accommodate medical marijuana in the workplace? Get the answers to these and other questions at a free webinar I am doing in conjunction with the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in New Jersey, you likely know that paid sick leave will be the law of the land for all New Jersey employers beginning on October 29, 2018.  We recently issued an update on the law and included a link to the draft poster that has been issued by the State.  More details can be found here. The poster may not be in final form as the regulations…
As an employment lawyer, I anxiously awaited the proposed regulations for the New Jersey sick leave law as the law left some unanswered questions regarding carryover and other issues.  The proposed regulations have been out for a few weeks now and I have had time to thoroughly digest them Unfortunately for employers, the proposed regulations do not answer some of the questions my clients had regarding the law and create confusion in other areas.  Some…
In our July 24, 2018 post, we reminded employers that mandatory harassment training was going to be required of all employers in New York. Since that post, the State has issued model training materials that can be found here. Employers are obligated to provide annual “interactive” sexual harassment training for employees.  New hires must also be given training. Importantly for employers, they also recently clarified the deadlines for when training must be provided. …
Yesterday,  I spent a large part of my day talking about harassment training.  Between completing a pitch for new work and scheduling training for existing clients, the questions I faced most were the following: Where is training required? How often should an employer do training? Where training is required, does the training have to be “live”? With regard to the first question, even in this #metoo era where law makers have struggled to be proactive,…
Ok, dear readers, I feel that I have been neglecting you.  I was swamped with preparing for a trial right before my well-deserved vacation to France and Spain.  I know, excuses, excuses. I came back from vacation feeling refreshed. I mean who would not be refreshed with views like this:             I feel that I have so much to catch you up on. The first thing is that, while I was…
Today, as expected, Governor Murphy signed into law the Paid Sick Leave Act.  The Paid Sick Leave law is effective October 29, 2018. The Law requires all New Jersey employers, regardless of size, to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.  Full details about the law can be found in our alert here. Employers do have some time to get ready for the new law.  Employers should review their paid…
The NJ legislature has been busy in recent weeks with new employment laws.  Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The law is probably one of the broadest equal pay laws in the country. Unlike most equal pay laws that prohibit pay disparity based on gender, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees in compensation based on membership in any protected…