Employment Law

The Dangers of Unconscious Bias

On May 29th, 2018 coffee giant Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for the afternoon in order train about 175,000 employees on bias. This was the aftermath of a recent incident in Philadelphia in which 2 African American males were waiting for a friend in Starbucks. During that wait, they were not permitted to use the...
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New Legislation to Protect Transgender Students

It is estimated that there are approximately 14,000 transgender students in New Jersey’s K-12 schools across every county in the state. In July 2017, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that promotes equality and inclusion towards transgender students in New Jersey Schools. This new law will enhance the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination’s (LAD) prohibition...
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New Jersey Protective Orders for Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

Have you ever been the victim of sexual harassment at the work place?  Did you try to get a restraining order only to be told you do not qualify for one?  Be advised that the New Jersey Legislature has recently rectified this problem by enacting N.J.S.A. 2C:14-14 through N.J.S.A. 2C:14-21 which authorizes a Superior Court...
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An Employer’s Legal Responsibility for Implementing Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies

The following article by Nicole S. Croddick and Brian J. Chabarek was among those selected by the New Jersey Law Journal for publication in its special Employment Law Section, which appeared in the December 4, 2017 issue. The Importance of Aguas in Addressing Vicarious Liability and Sexual Harassment Complaints In the landmark employment law case,...
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Making Performance Reviews Beneficial

I like to think of performance reviews or evaluations as an employee's "report card" at work. Performance reviews are important tools, that if executed properly, can be beneficial to the employee, their manager, the Human Resources (HR) department and of course, the organization as a whole. Performance reviews are generally written by the employee's direct...
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New Jersey Continues to Chip Away at Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

What Employers Must Consider When Drafting Agreements On August 11, 2017, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court decided Dugan v. Best Buy Company Incorporated. In that case, as in a series of recent cases, the Appellate Division struck down an arbitration policy instituted by the Defendant to be used by its employees. In...
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