Sign of The Times

As the US Senate begins taking procedural votes this morning leading to the possible confirmation of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and the new sexual harassment training mandate takes effect in New York (effective on October 9), we want to forewarn our New Jersey members and subscribers that…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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New Jersey Adopts SALT Workaround

In the context of tax reform and last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the state of New Jersey this week adopted regulations that would allow its taxpayers to skirt the new federal limit of $10,000 on state and local tax deductions. Under the New Jersey scheme, local governments across the state would be allowed…

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New Jersey Will Pay the Pickets

One week ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A3861, a bill that will allow for striking workers in the Garden State to collect unemployment benefits when they are out of work because they are on strike against their employer! Under the legislation, which had previously passed the legislature but was vetoed by…

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“It’s Alive, It’s Alive!”

Yes, that phrase comes from the 1931 horror flick, Frankenstein, but it seems to fit health care mandates in New Jersey just as well now after Governor Phil Murphy this week signed a couple of health care bills into law. The first, S1877, creates a state-level individual mandate replicating the major provisions of the individual…

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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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