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New Jersey State Worker’s Donated-Leave Law

 

Under the state’s existing donated-leave policy, an employee is eligible to receive donated leave from a co-worker if they have exhausted all their accrued sick time, vacation days, or administrative leave. However, New Jersey lawmakers are in the process of turning what was once just a policy into a codified law. The bill will allow state workers to […]

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NJ Bill Bans Non-Disclosure Agreements in Harassment Cases

 

News of celebrities demanding their accusers to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) when settling lawsuits has opened discussions about whether or not NDAs should be prohibited. Recently, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-NJ) introduced Bill S-121, which disallows defendants from requiring plaintiffs to sign NDAs for out-of-court settlements regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in New Jersey. […]

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Fast Food Chains Trap Workers with Non-Compete Agreements

 

Non-compete agreements are a type of agreement that does not permit a company employee from starting a competitive business within a certain period after leaving, or from working for a competitor with whom they may share proprietary information. You might think working at a fast food chain is not the type of job that inspires […]

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Ways to Counter Age Discrimination

 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is one of the primary statues enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Act prohibits employment discrimination for workers aged 40 and older and requires employers to consider individual capabilities when making employment decisions, rather than focus on an individual’s age. June recently marked the 50th […]

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Pixar Co-Founder Leaves Disney After Complaints

 

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, is leaving the company after sexual harassment complaints about his behavior. Lasseter, who started working at Disneyland as a teenager and began his animation career there, was known for his lengthy bear hugs to anyone who crossed his path. He was also accused of making comments […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Science Field

 

The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) released a report that describes how sexual harassment in the science field puts women at risk, diminishes their career prospects, and deters them from entering or remaining in the field. While progress towards closing the gender gap in science, engineering, and medicine is underway, consistent sexual harassment in these […]

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Toys R Us Severance Pay Issue

 

Recently, toy store giant, Toys R Us, closed their stores. The company, based in New Jersey, had 800 stores in the United States and about 33,000 employees.  Forty of those stores are in New Jersey, which represents about 1,500 jobs. Long-time employees say that in 2005, a leveraged buyout of the company was the start […]

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Implicit Bias Training

 

The repercussions from a recent arrest of two African-American men standing outside of a Philadelphia Starbucks includes the emergence of implicit bias training to company policies. The two men were waiting for a business meeting, and one was told that he could not use the restroom unless he made a purchase. Police officers soon arrived, […]

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Sexual Harassment at Cannes Film Festival

 

The Cannes Film Festival is the most well-known and prestigious film festival in the world, attracting thousands of industry executives, actors, and journalists. Held each year in the French Riviera, it draws in celebrities, members of the film industry, and others. Although it is an industry-sanctioned event, cases of sexual harassment and abuse at Cannes […]

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Governor Phil Murphy Signs Three Transgender Rights Bills

 

Governor Phil Murphy signed three transgender rights bills into law in New Jersey last Tuesday. The first bill allows transgender individuals to change their birth certificates to show the gender with which they identify, which does not require proof that they went through sex reassignment surgery. Another bill permits death certificates to list the gender with which […]

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