Category Archives: Employment and Labour Law

FAQ’s on New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Legislation

New Jersey has joined nine other states and the District of Columbia in enacting a law to require that employers must provide their employees with paid sick leave.  The law is among the toughest in the nation, and imposes many new requirements on employers.  Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Law. What employers must provide paid sick leave? Virtually all of them. Continue reading.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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New 2018 Law Regarding Criminal Background Checks in California

As of January 1, 2018, a new law in California adding Government Section 12952 to California Fair Employment and Housing Act went into effect. This new law states that it’s is unlawful for employers with five or more employees to include on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction history, inquire into or consider the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. Employer also shall not consider, distribute, or disseminate information about any of the following while conducting a conviction history background check in connection with any application for employment: arrest not resulting in conviction, referral to or participation in pre-trial or post-trial diversion program, or convictions that have been sealed, dismissed, expunged, or legally eradicated pursuant to law. This new law should help thousands of job applicants with prior criminal history get their foot….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Resort Workers Protest in Orange County to Increase Wages

According to a recent news article from CBS Local Los Angeles, workers at Disneyland Resort are organizing demonstrations to protest what they are calling unfairly low wages. This demonstration involves a protest outside of the resort and the presentment of a petition to the company CEO demanding higher wages for their hard work for the amusement park. A representative for the workers said their petition contains over 117,000 signatures and it began circulating when United States Senator Bernie Sanders was in Anaheim to discuss the wage issue there and other wage issues across the nation. Higher wages for working Americans has been one of the main issues for Mr. Sanders during his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and he has continued his efforts on this front as a senator when he lost in primaries to Hillary Clinton.  In addition to the petition, and words from Mr. Sanders, the pay at the resort was brought to the forefront of local and national….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Reputation v. Character – Why that question matters in employment law.

John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of all time, was famously quoted saying that “your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  Often times companies and individuals running those companies are obsessed with their “reputation.”  They spend substantial amounts of money and time cultivating an image for public consumption, however, behind closed doors when no one is looking they act in a much different manner.  They are focused on building a reputation rather than cultivating a culture of integrity within the organization. In almost every employment lawsuit, there is a clash between the perceived reputation of a business and its employees and the true culture of the workplace.  This conflict can cause companies to fire employees in retaliation for asserting valid claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, or even whistleblowers.  It can also lead to pressure on….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The Answer to Long Term Pay Equity? How About Father’s Rights?

Do you want to know the secret of achieving pay equity in the workplace (at least in the long term)?  Well, it is really about the dads. Yes, that’s right.  The more paid time off given to fathers, the more likely it is the a company will achieve long term pay equity.  Why you ask? Because when time off for babies and kids becomes a parental issue, and not a women’s issue, then women stop being punished (whether directly or indirectly) for taking time off to give birth and raise kids.  And if you are wondering if women really are set back by being pregnant or active parents, then read this recent article in the New York Times.  Women are set back.  Having kids can be a career killer. There is a documented motherhood penalty. This is why parental leave policies, as opposed to maternity and paternity leave policies, are the wave of the future.  If your business has not revised its time off policies for all parents (whether….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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