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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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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NJ Governor Signs “Toys R Us” Bill

Just a couple of weeks after the legislature gave it final approval, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act into law. The legislation, which has also at times been dubbed the “Toys R Us” bill in reference to mass layoffs at the former giant toy retailer, amends…

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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax Again

In his State of the State Address this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced he is doubling down and will renew his push for a Millionaires Tax in the Garden State. Murphy claims a new millionaires tax would ease the property tax burden “on millions of middle-class families and seniors, and do more to…

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New Jersey Proposes New Wage Definition for Tips

The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) has proposed new regulations that would revise the definition of “wages” in the Garden State to exclude “tips” from an employer’s obligation relating minimum wages. Under the proposed regulations, a “tipped employee is any employee engaged in an occupation in which he or she customarily and regularly receives…

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New Jersey Softening Wage Hike?

In that same vein, New Jersey legislators are set to consider the impact that minimum wage hikes and other mandates can have on small businesses, but especially in the event of an economic downturn.  Small business owner and democratic Senator Vin Gopal joined forces with republican Deputy Whip Senator Kristin Corrado to sponsor S.3607, a…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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States Pushing Their Own Overtime Rules

Despite such reasonable rulings on overtime and the methods for overtime calculations proposed by the Trump administration, a number of states are dramatically pushing the overtime limits at the state level. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) charged the state labor department with expanding overtime eligibility across the state, using the Obama figure as…

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Wage Theft Law Now Much Tougher in NJ

With Governor Phil Murphy still on vacation last week, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation into law that significantly strengthens the penalties for wage theft in New Jersey. S.1790, which Oliver signed last Friday with much fanfare, updates the New Jersey Wage Payment and Wage Hour laws by increasing penalties and enforcement activities. Under the…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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