New Jersey Resurrects the Individual Mandate

Despite most Americans being strongly opposed to the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate (and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December effectively neutered the requirement by removing the penalty for non-compliance), New Jersey is determined to put it back in place. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act was passed last…

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NJ Expanded Leave Advances; Changes Tabled in DC

When you’re on a roll . . . and apparently New Jersey believes it is as last week the Senate Committee on Labor advanced an expansion to the new paid family leave bill. If passed, the measure would broaden the existing leave program by boosting the paid leave benefit to 12 weeks (from the current…

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More on Pay Equity

As proof of the proliferation of pay equity laws and new restrictions on the hiring process, we noted that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would ban private employers from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s salary history when setting compensation. Last year, he issued Executive Orders #161 and #162, which prohibit…

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Pay Equity Laws

On Monday of this week, the New Jersey Legislature gave overwhelming final approval to a gender pay equity bill that will be one of the strongest in the nation. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the measure, NJ A1/S104. The act will prohibit unequal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ and provides that employees…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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When Is Reasonable Reasonable?

As we’ve cautioned in the past, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law to which small business owners must pay particularly close attention. We’ve advised in prior issues of so-called “drive-by lawsuits”, where individuals use the ADA as a club by which to extort settlements from business owners. But, the law has real…

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NJ Governor Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

He may be polling at an abysmal 15% favorable, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to be liked by more small business owners after he vetoed a dramatic expansion of the New Jersey paid leave mandate this week. New Jersey law currently provides for 6 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of salary…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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