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What Vacation Time Means to the Smaller Business

By |2019-01-25T02:30:18+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Policies & Handbooks, Wage & Hour|

It's hard to believe that June is already underway, summer is less than three weeks away, and with it comes hard core vacation time. Which brings to mind some seasonal considerations that businesses should have tidied up in advance to make coping with employee vacations seamless. First, employers in New Jersey are under no legal [...]

5 HR Errors that Leave Companies Exposed to Litigation

By |2015-01-19T13:29:57+00:00January 19th, 2015|Categories: Firing Issues, Hiring Issues, Policies & Handbooks, Wage & Hour|Tags: |

These 5 common business errors that make defending an employment lawsuit harder come from the California Employment Law Report, and they are as true on the east coast as the west. In our experience, smaller and middle sized businesses without a dedicated HR person are particularly susceptible to these mistakes.  All depend in one way or [...]

Changing Time(s) for Employment Litigation?

By |2015-01-05T11:05:52+00:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: CEPA/Whistleblower, Employment Law News, Firing Issues, Hiring Issues, Law Against Discrimination (LAD), Policies & Handbooks|Tags: |

The New Jersey Supreme Court will review the decision of the Appellate Division in Rodriguez_v._Raymours_Furniture. Why should you care?  Because there is a lot at stake --- for both employers and employees --- in how this case is finally decided. In a nutshell, this is the issue.  Under the NJ Law Against Discrimination, the statute [...]

Google Buzz Raises Privacy Concerns for Employers

By |2010-02-17T09:28:30+00:00February 17th, 2010|Categories: Policies & Handbooks|Tags: , , |

As someone who has not yet ventured in any significant way into the world of social media (except for this blog, of course!), I missed the buzz about the recent launch of Google Buzz.  As explained in this post from Mark McCreary  at the Privacy Compliance & Data Security Blog, Buzz raises significant problems for [...]

HR Basics 103: Those Pesky Posting Requirements

By |2009-08-21T10:09:24+00:00August 21st, 2009|Categories: Policies & Handbooks|Tags: |

Postings.  (Not the blog kind.)  You know them.  They're the things in inscrutably fine print that hang on the lunch room bulletin board and nobody reads.  While often hidden, they're easy to find if you'll just look under the softball team's schedule and the reminders about the who's supposed to bring the potato salad to [...]

HR Basics 102: Be Handy With Your Handbook

By |2009-08-11T15:55:20+00:00August 11th, 2009|Categories: Policies & Handbooks|Tags: , , , |

This second installment in our August series on HR basics deals with the subject of employee handbooks. Here are questions about handbooks that you should be asking yourself during your late summer HR self-evaluation. If I have one, when was it last reviewed for currency? If I don't have one, do I need one? How [...]

Important NJ E-Mail Decision

By |2009-07-13T14:23:35+00:00July 13th, 2009|Categories: Employment Law News, Policies & Handbooks|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc. is a new decision from the NJ Appellate Division that will reverberate among employment and business practitioners for a long time.  While primarily concerned with the confidentiality of employee communications made through a business-owned computer system, it also addresses the enforceability of business policies as published in employee handbooks [...]

Be Explicit: Arbitration Agreements in the 3rd Circuit

By |2009-03-27T09:15:18+00:00March 27th, 2009|Categories: Employment Law News, Policies & Handbooks|Tags: , |

Employers: if you want your arbitration agreements to hold up, two things are crucial.  First, you must be able to point to a clear and unambiguous policy to arbitrate discrimination claims. Second, you must be able to prove that the employee actually knows about it.  This formula has been recited ad nauseum by the courts, [...]

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