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Jul 17, 2017

A Generic Doctor’s Note, Without More, Will Not Support A Claim Under The NJLAD

Does this sound familiar?  Your employee hands you a note from his doctor stating, “Please excuse Josh from work from 3/18 through 4/20 when he will be reevaluated.”  Often, doctor’s notes say little else, and many times you can’t read the doctor’s “handwriting” (I’ll use that term loosely).

As an employer, your next move depends on your company’s internal leave policies, whether the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies, and whether the employee has a “disability” or “handicap” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).  … Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM Today. Confusion Expected.

As mentioned in a previous immigration law blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, affecting many individuals, families, businesses, and healthcare facilities.

Click here for the urgent alert written by Attorney Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the NM&M Immigration Practice Group.  If you have further questions or concerns in regards to this topic or any other immigration law issues, e-mail… Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Is It Only A Matter Of Time Before New Jersey Employees Using Medical Marijuana Gain Legal Protections?

There has been a fair amount of press recently speculating as to how New Jersey’s attitude towards marijuana use may change after a new governor is elected.  Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has stated he is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, and Republican candidate Kim Guadagno is opposed to marijuana legalization.  On the legislative front, several democratic lawmakers have espoused the idea of legalization, and in May  2017, Sen.… Read More

Jun 27, 2017

Two Significant Employment Laws Await Governor’s Decision

Previously, we reported on two bills making their way through New Jersey’s Legislature which if passed, would impact employers and employees statewide.

The first bill seeks to amend New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance Law by greatly expanding the benefits provided by this law.  The amount of family leave would be doubled from six to twelve weeks, the weekly monetary benefits would be increased and the reasons why an employee could take paid family leave would be expanded.… Read More

Jun 23, 2017

What The Change In Course By The USDOL On Worker Classification Means For NJ Employers

As my colleague John Buckley wrote about in our Lehigh Valley Employment Blog, several weeks ago Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance documents.  These include the 2015 guidance regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act, in which the Department stated that “most workers are employees” and set forth an “economic realities” test to determine the relationship between employers and workers. … Read More

Jun 08, 2017

Could a new overtime rule be in our future?

In a recent budget hearing, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta indicated that the Department of Labor plans to re-assess the overtime rule issued by the prior administration and, in particular, the salary level set by the rule.  As you may recall, the proposed rule would have raised the required salary threshold for the “white collar” overtime exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week. … Read More

Jun 02, 2017

Is New Jersey Next In Line To Ban Questions About A Job Applicant’s Salary History?

Last month, at our breakfast seminar on DOL Hot Topics, I reported on ordinances adopted in New York City and Philadelphia, which prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. These laws seek to eliminate gender pay gaps and remove salary history from the job application process because of it’s propensity to perpetuate discriminatory pay practices primarily aimed at women.… Read More

May 11, 2017

Breakfast with Pat: DOL Hot Topics

Pat Collins led the first session of our 2017 Labor & Employment Breakfast Series this morning with a seminar on DOL Hot Topics.

Watch the video below to see his quick recap.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat at To register for our next seminar in the series, How to Handle Employee Complaints & Investigations, or to register for the entire series, please click here.… Read More

May 03, 2017

EEOC’s Most Current Decision Digest is Available On-Line

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 2 Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law, which can be found on the EEOC’s website here.

The decisions selected for inclusion in the Digest are catalogued based on the main topic or issues addressed, and there is a short summary of each decision provided.  Also, there is a link available for each decision enabling electronic access to a copy of the full decision. … Read More


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