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New Jersey Labor Department Proposes Regulations on Registration for Public Works Contractors

Under the amended New Jersey the Public Works Contractor Registration Act (PWCRA Amendment), all contractors and subcontractors must certify participation in an apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to bid on or perform any construction-related public works projects. To implement this and other new requirements, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) has issued proposed regulations, including a “Supplement” to its PWCRA Amendment registration forms.

Arbitration Agreement for Company’s Transport Workers Enforceable under New Jersey Law, Court Rules

Even though the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) exempts transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce from arbitration agreements, the New Jersey Arbitration Act (NJAA) may provide adequate legal basis to enforce such agreements, a three-judge panel of the New Jersey appeals court has ruled. Colon v. Strategic Delivery Solutions, LLC, No. A-2378-17T4 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. June 4, 2019).

New Jersey and New York City Employers Subject to New Employment Law Obligations in 2019 and 2020

Number of employees able to take job protected leave under certain circumstances increases with new employment law obligations in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Data Breach Notification Amendment Signed into Law

On May 10, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law P.L.2019, c.95. an amendment enhancing New Jersey’s data breach notification law by expanding the definition of personal information, and updating notification requirements. As we previously reported, the amendment was unanimously approved by the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate in late February.

New Jersey Appeals Court Reaffirms that Obesity is Not Protected Under NJLAD

Executive Summary: On April 4, 2019, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court reaffirmed that obesity, standing alone, is not a protected characteristic under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), affirming summary judgment for a bus company employer in Dickson v. Community Bus Lines (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2019).

New Jersey Requires Employers to Offer Employees Pre-tax Commuter Benefits

Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S.1567 into law, making the Garden State the first state to mandate a commuter benefit law, joining cities such as New York and San Francisco that have similar laws.

New Jersey Bars Mandatory Arbitration, Limits Nondisclosure Agreements

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a broad law prohibiting mandatory arbitration of all employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. Effective immediately, the new law also significantly restricts employers from using nondisclosure agreements as part of a settlement.

New Jersey Poised to Enact First Recreational Marijuana Law Protecting Workers from Adverse Employment Action

New Jersey’s legislature is scheduled to vote Monday, March 25, 2019 on a bill designed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, create a system by which marijuana and marijuana products will be taxed and sold, and expunge prior convictions for possession or distribution of cannabis products under state law.

New Jersey Bars Common Workplace Contract And Settlement Terms

Employers in New Jersey will need to immediately adjust their employment contracts and settlement agreements to come into compliance with a sweeping new law that just took effect. New Jersey’s governor just signed Senate Bill 121, which limits employment contracts and settlement agreements in two major ways:

New Jersey Prohibits Enforcement of Non-Disclosure Provisions in Settlement Agreements, Other Contracts

A sweeping amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) bars enforcement of non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements and employment contracts, and prohibits the waiver of substantive and procedural rights under the statute. The amendment applies to all contracts and agreements entered into, renewed, modified, or amended on or after the effective date, March 18, 2019.