Category Archives: Employment

  1. Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What Employers Should Know about Finalized Rules

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect on June 27, 2023. Applicable to all employers with at least 15 employees, it requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to workers’ known limitations related to a pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.  The only exception to this requirement lies where an employer can demonstrate…

  2. Why Small Business Owners Should Work with a Business Law Attorney

    If you are a small business owner or thinking about starting a new business, at some point you have probably wondered whether it is worth the time and money to consult a business attorney.  The answer to that question is “yes”.  As Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of…

  3. Ohio Child Labor Laws: What Ohio Small Businesses Need to Know about Teen Employment Requirements This Summer

    Summer is just around the corner and many small businesses are looking forward to the extra help provided by Ohio teenagers.   However, before employers start thinking about hiring those young hands, it is a good idea to brush up on Minor Labor Laws.  The employment of minors is governed by both the Child Labor Provisions…

  4. Severance Agreements: Restrictions on Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Clauses that Employers Need to Know

    Last February, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision that made a very clear statement regarding the need for carefully worded severance agreements.  In the McLaren Macomb decision, the NLRB held that employers may not extend severance agreements to employees that include a broad waiver of any rights contained in the National Labor…

  5. Unemployment Compensation Law Update: What NJ Employers Need to Know about Reporting Employee Separation Information

    Recent amendments to New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Law (UCL) took effect on July 31, 2023.  Intended to promote the timely payment of unemployment compensation benefits, the amendments include new employer reporting obligations related to separated employees, revised deadlines for appeals and increased fines for noncompliance. Specifically, all employers with employees working in New Jersey must…

  6. Are Your Workplace Posters Compliant? What You Need to Know About Recent Federal Labor Law Updates and Notice Requirements

    Workplace posters are conspicuously displayed notices to employees regarding their rights under state and federal law.  When the law changes as to those rights, these notices must follow suit.  As a result, due to recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and new employee rights under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)…

  7. New York Senate Bill S3100A: Controversial Non-Compete Ban Awaits Governor Hochul’s Signature

    Earlier this summer, the New York General Assembly and Senate passed Senate Bill S3100A that, if signed into law, would amend the current New York labor law to ban the use of noncompete agreements and certain restrictive covenants.  It would also permit covered individuals to bring civil actions against those alleged to have violated the…

  8. Int. No. 209-A: NYC’s New Law Banning Weight and Height Discrimination

    Last month, the New York City legislature enacted Int. No. 209-A.  The new local law specifically addresses rising social justice concerns about sizeism by prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s height or weight in employment, housing, and public accommodations. According to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), a social justice organization working to…

  9. Murphy Ends Delay to Revised Mass Layoff Legislation: Changes to New Jersey’s Mini-Warn Act Take Effect in April 2023

    By: Cristina N. Hyde, JD On January 10, 2023, Governor Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4768, ending the lengthy pandemic-induced delay of enforcing revisions to the New Jersey Millville-Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act” (Mini-Warn Act).   Effective April 10, 2023, the revised mass layoff legislation (P.L. 2019 c. 423) will alter the severance requirements…

  10. New Jersey Amends Child Labor Laws: What all Employers Should Know About Changes to Teen Employment Requirements This Summer

    By: Cristina N. Hyde, JD On July 5, 2022, Governor Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4222 into law (P.L.2022, c.63).   Hoping to help struggling businesses with anticipated labor shortages this summer, the legislation amends New Jersey’s current child labor laws in two important ways.  It allows New Jersey teens to work longer hours and simplifies…