Miscellaneous

Last week saw new unemployment claims set a new record with 3.3 million claims in one week. Well, that record didn’t last long as the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday reported that new claims for unemployment benefits reached over 6.6 million – more than double last week’s record! To put those numbers in perspective, the…

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NJ Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Resurrecting an issue that has popped up around the country over the past few years, the state senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw single use plastic bags as well as paper bags in New Jersey.  The legislation, SB 865, which requires a warning for first offenses, but then provides for a fine of…

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New Jersey Governor Files Millionaire Tax Again

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy, who in each of his two prior years in the corner office has proposed an additional surcharge on incomes in excess of $1 Million, has done it again. Murphy submitted a $40.9 billion budget to the New Jersey legislature this week, and included some $494 million in new revenue generated…

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Virginia Moving Minimum Wage Bill

On a party-line vote last week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-45 to pass HB 395, a bill that will increase the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023. The legislation moved through the lower chamber at lightning legislative speed and is now pending in the state…

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Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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New Jersey Governor Wants Mandatory Training

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy released proposals this week that would mandate sexual harassment training for all businesses throughout the Garden State. Couched in the context of strengthening New Jersey anti-harassment laws, the proposal would have the state develop model policies and a training curriculum that private employers would implement to help prevent harassment and…

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Back To The Future!

Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first…

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Maryland Overrides Veto, Bans the Box

Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”.  “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)”  prohibits employers with 15…

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New Jersey Considers “Fair Workweek”

Just days after Governor Phil Murphy signed a dramatic expansion of the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) and only a week after the governor pushed for a millionaire tax in his State of the State address, New Jersey activists unveiled plans for push for legislative passage of Senate bill 921, the so-called Fair…

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Pennsylvania Expands Overtime Coverage

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had asked the legislature to reach a compromise and present him with a bill increasing the state minimum wage. The legislature couldn’t agree by the deadline Governor Wolf set and the state regulatory apparatus flexed its muscle. The state labor department proposed new increased salary thresholds for overtime exemption and the…

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