On June 19, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division continued recent willingness of New Jersey courts to enforce employment applications that shorten the statute of limitations for employment-related claims, this time enforcing such an agreement against an immigrant from Argentina with only limited ability to read or speak English. In Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, A-4329-12T3 (App. Div. June 19, 2014), the plaintiff filed suit alleging disability discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation nine months after the termination of his employment. While those claims ordinarily would have a two-year statute of limitations, his employment application with the defendant contained a provision requiring him to file any claim or lawsuit relating to his employment within six months of the underlying wrongful act, and waiving any statute of limitations to the contrary. Concluding that the six-month statute of limitations waiver provision was not unconscionable, the Appellate Division “decline[d] plaintiff’s invitation to impose a judicial ban on the shortening of limitation periods for claims by workers against their employers.” The court also noted that while the plaintiff was not a native English-speaker, he had lived in the United States for 20 years, and had completed the form at home with a friend who spoke fluent English and who had translated the relevant portions into Spanish for him. Reaffirming that parties are charged with knowledge of the law and with knowledge of contracts into which they have entered, the Appellate Division dismissed the plaintiff’s claims as time-barred.
The City of Philadelphia has recently issued guidelines expanding on the recent amendment to its minimum wage and benefit ordinance, the Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard, which requires covered employers to provide paid sick leave to all full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal employees. Employers covered under the change include: 1) the City of Philadelphia and its
According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet. Alongside the rapid spread of mobile devices is the increase in the number of people using online dating websites. Current studies show that 22 percent of 25-to-34 year olds use online dating sites and apps.
On March 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on a motion to dismiss in a case that will have potentially serious consequences for D.C. employers that include written whistleblower and other anti-retaliation policies in their employee handbooks.