Legal Alert: New Jersey Clarifies Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Increases Penalties for Failure to Report

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law amendments to the landmark 1971 law that imposes a mandatory obligation on any person who has reasonable cause to believe that an act of child abuse has been committed to immediately report the abuse to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly DYFS). The…

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Legal Alert: Westchester County Human Rights Commission Issues FAQs and Employer Notice for Westchester’s Earned Sick Leave Law

The Westchester Human Rights Commission has issued FAQs on the new Westchester Earned Sick Leave Law (“ESLL”). It has also issued a sample “Notice of Employee Rights” that employers may use to comply with the notice provisions of the law. This information, and more about the ESLL, can be found at this link: https://humanrights.westchestergov.com/resources/earned-sick-leave-law. Please…

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Legal Alert: New Jersey Significantly Increases Employee Minimum Wage and Leave Entitlements

New Jersey has enacted two new laws that significantly increase the minimum wage and employees’ entitlements with respect to leaves of absence and wage replacement benefits. New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase gradually, to at least $15.00 an hour. Not all employees will reach the $15.00 level at the same time. To learn more about…

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Legal Alert: Westchester County, NY Implements a Ban-the-Box Law Effective March 3

Effective March 3, 2019, private employers in Westchester County, New York with four or more employees will no longer be permitted to ask applicants for employment about past criminal convictions or arrest records on employment applications. Inquiries into an applicant’s criminal convictions or arrest record are permissible after submission of the employment application. In addition, as…

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Legal Alert: New York Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act Becomes Effective February 25

Effective February 25, 2019, “gender identity and expression” will be included as a protected class under New York State’s anti-discrimination laws. This new law will apply to New York employers with four or more employees. Gender identity and expression is defined as a “person’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, appearance, behavior, expression, or other gender-related characteristic…

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Legal Alert: New Connecticut Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Prospective Employees About Salary History

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Connecticut will be prohibited from asking prospective employees about their salary histories (such as their compensation in prior jobs) during the job interview process. (Public Act No. 18-8, “An Act Concerning Pay Equity”). Employers are permitted to ask prospective employees about past compensation structures, such as whether previous employers…

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