Labor & Employment Law Blog

EEOC/FTC Issue Guidance on Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued guidance on utilizing background checks in the employment context.  The publications offer technical assistance to employers on how the agencies’ laws impact the background check process.

New York City Sick Leave Law In Effect

On April 1, 2014, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect.  The law requires private employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave to its employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year in New York City.

Under the law, employers with five or more employees are required to provide at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to their employees.  Employers with less than five employees must provide at least 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per year.

Newark Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The City of Newark followed Jersey City’s lead as it passed an ordinance mandating certain employers to provide paid sick leave to its employees.  The Sick Leave for Private Employees ordinance requires all private Newark businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees who work at least 80 hours per year in Newark.

Legislature Contemplates Bill Protecting Jobs During States of Emergency

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a Bill that would prohibit certain employment actions against employees who are affected by a state of emergency.  The Bill defines “state of emergency” as a disaster or emergency, whether natural or man-made, for which either the Governor or a municipal emergency management coordinator declares a state of emergency.

New EEOC Publications on Religious Garb and Grooming

Last week, the EEOC issued two new publications addressing religious garb and grooming in the workplace.  The guides are designed to provide practical advice to employers and employees regarding the applicable law and case examples.

Affordable Care Act Mandate Delayed for Employers

The Obama administration has announced that it is delaying the employer mandate for implementing certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The ACA requires certain employers to provide healthcare coverage to their full-time employees.  The employer mandate originally was supposed to take effect in January 2014 but was delayed to January 2015 this past summer.  On Monday, February 10, 2014, the administration made further extensions.

NLRB Proposal: Amend Procedures for Representation Cases

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it is reviving a proposed rule to change its procedures governing union-representation cases.

NJLAD Amendment: Pregnancy is a Protected Category

On January 21, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination amendment prohibiting pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.  The amendment protects those who are “affected by pregnancy” and requires employers to provide those employees with workplace accommodations.  The amendment is effective immediately and applies to all New Jersey employers.

Effective Today: Jersey City Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Jersey City passed Ordinance No. 13-097, which requires all Jersey City businesses with 10 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to its employees.  Employers with less than 10 employees must provide its employees with unpaid sick leave.

The ordinance applies to all full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers who work 80 hours in a calendar year in Jersey City.  Employees earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours (or 5 days) per year.  Although employees begin accruing sick leave when they start working, employers are not required to give employees sick leave until they have worked for 90 days.

Connell Foley Partner, Michael A. Shadiack Will Be Presenting at the NJBIA Human Resource Seminar

On February 14, 2014, Michael A. Shadiack will be presenting "The Right Decision: Exempt Versus Non-Exempt" addressing worker classification issues at the NJBIA Human Resource Seminar in Eatontown.

Click here for more information about this seminar