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New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Employer’s Obligations to Disclose Wage Information to Employees

On February 15, 2017, a bill that would require all public and private employers to provide their employees with additional information regarding wage calculations advanced in the New Jersey General Assembly. Under current law, employers must furnish each employee with a statement of all deductions made from the employee’s wages for each pay period in which deductions were made. If passed, Assembly Bill No. 4245 would expand upon this obligation, and would require employers to also furnish the following information:

Port Authority Not Subject to Worker-Friendly New Jersey Whistleblower Law, State Court Rules

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is not subject to suit under New Jersey’s expansive whistleblower statute, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the New Jersey Appellate Division has held. Sullivan v. Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., 2017 N.J. Super. LEXIS 33 (App. Div. Mar. 15, 2017).

New Jersey Bill Will Make Whistleblower Settlement Agreements with Public Entities Public Records

Proposed legislation that would make whistleblower settlement agreements involving public entities available to the public has been approved unanimously by the New Jersey Assembly on March 23, 2017.

Double Up: New Jersey Senate Introduces Bill to Double Benefits for Paid Family Leave

The New Jersey State Senate has introduced legislation to expand benefits under the state’s Paid Family Leave Law. The bill (S-3085) would double the benefit period from six weeks to 12 weeks and increase the amount of compensation to the employee while on leave

Arbitrator Abused Discretion, New Jersey High Court Rules, Ordering Case Reviewed by New Arbitrator

An arbitrator tasked with resolving claims brought by a New Jersey school district against a faculty member erred when he impermissibly converted one count of the complaint from unbecoming conduct to one of sexual harassment and found the school district did not present sufficient evidence to support a charge of sexual harassment, the New Jersey Supreme Court has held.

New Jersey Bill Requires More Information on Pay Stubs

The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee has voted 8-0 in favor of amending the wage notification requirements under the state Wage Payment Law to require private and public employers to provide employees a statement for each pay period that includes deductions, gross wages, net wages, rate of pay, and the number of hours worked during the pay period. Under the current law (N.J.S.A. § 34:11-4.6), employers must provide only a statement as to deductions from wages in each pay period.

New Jersey Bills Seek to Strengthen Protections Against Employment Discrimination and Promote Equal Pay for Women

On January 19, 2017, and on February 13, 2017, two bills (A4515 and S3014) were introduced in the New Jersey Legislature that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to specifically prohibit employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by paying “a rate of compensation, including benefits, which is less than the rate paid to employees of the other sex for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility.”

New Jersey Legislature Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Pay Equity Bill

In March 2016, the New Jersey Legislature gained bipartisan support to pass a new bill on pay equity. The bill, like many being considered by state and local governments, aimed to remedy sex discrimination in the workplace and close the wage gap.

New Jersey Court Strikes Down 'Ambiguous' Jury-Waiver Agreement

New Jersey employers wishing to have employees sign jury-waiver agreements should take note of a recent Appellate Division decision, Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., which reaffirms that a jury-waiver provision (like an arbitration provision) must include clear, unambiguous, and sufficiently broad language to encompass all employment-related claims.

New Jersey Seeks to Become Center Of International Arbitration

Executive Summary: New Jersey has taken the first step toward becoming a global center of international arbitration by enacting the International Arbitration, Mediation, and Conciliation Act (the “Act”) on February 6, 2017. The Act provides the framework for making New Jersey an attractive destination for resolving international business and trade disputes.