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Marijuana Workplace Rules Take Effect in New Jersey

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In February 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the state’s landmark Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act, which legalized recreational marijuana for Garden State residents over 21. While the recreational cannabis use rules went into effect immediately, employers needed rules for how this affected drug policies at work. The state Cannabis Regulatory […]

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Health Care Workers Receive COVID Vaccine Mandate at NJ Hospital Group

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The idea of employers requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all workers is one that continues to create problems between those who are concerned about getting the vaccine and the recent spike of cases due to the COVID-19 Delta variant. This problem resonates particularly in the health care field. Unvaccinated workers at the Hackensack Meridian Health hospital […]

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New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay for Mass Layoffs

A historical mandate recently passed in New Jersey, where workers who are jobless because of their former employer’s mass layoff will now be given a severance. The terms of the new legislation are aimed at businesses with 100 or more employees who consider implementing a mass layoff. New Jersey is the first state in the […]

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Can I Be Fired for Taking a Sick Day?

You may wake up one morning with the intention of getting ready for work when you realize that you do not feel like yourself. If you do decide to call in sick to work, you may wonder whether it may lead to your termination. In order to keep your job, you must show up for […]

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Teacher Fired for Allegedly Rejecting Principal’s Sexual Advances

Sexual harassment can come in many forms. It is important for employees to know that sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal gender discrimination laws. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex and encompasses sexual harassment. Additionally, New Jersey has state laws that protect […]

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Amazon Hit with Disability Discrimination Suit by Medical Marijuana Patient

 

A medical marijuana patient and former warehouse worker for Amazon filed a disability discrimination suit against them for wrongful termination. In July 2018, the employee who worked at the warehouse in Edison, New Jersey took a drug test for the company that showed positive results. A month later, Amazon allegedly fired him for marijuana use. […]

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What is the Difference Between Employment Law and Company Policy?

 

Employees face situations in the workplace that can leave them wondering if their rights were violated by an employer. For anyone who is employed by another entity, whether a small business or a large corporation, it is critical to have a basic understanding of employee workplace rights and to understand that company policy is not […]

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Whistleblower Complaints are Rising

 

The number of whistleblower complaints reported by employees to federal agencies has spiked in the past five years, yet, the number of investigators on staff has declined. Whistleblower complaints have risen 29 percent since 2014, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the agency is currently operating with 24 percent fewer staff […]

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Cops Wrongfully Terminated from Disbanded Department

 

Police officers and a former police chief in a New Jersey town are suing for wrongful termination. Their suit contends that when the borough of Newfield disbanded their police unit and negotiated a new police agreement with Franklin Township, they violated their employment rights, leaving the four former employees without jobs. The four individuals were […]

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Buffalo Wild Wings Under Sexual Harassment Claims

 

 Sexual harassment claims were made against a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The lawsuit was filed against the restaurant chain, which includes Blazin Wings and JK and T Wings, in August by a female server who alleged that she endured sexual harassment and retaliation by her manager. Both the Federal Civil Rights […]

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