On July 15, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the protections of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) extend to so-called “watchdog” employees—those employees whose regular job duties involve monitoring compliance. In Lippman v. Ethicon (A-65/66-13, July 15, 2015), the court rejected the defendants’ argument that watchdog employees must be acting outside of the scope of their job duties in order to engage in CEPA-protected whistleblowing. The court further found that CEPA imposes no additional internal exhaustion burdens on watchdog employees, rejecting the pro-employer multi-part exhaustion test established by the Appellate Division (and discussed in the May 2014 and September 2013 issues of the New Jersey eAuthority).
As baseball great Yogi Berra once said – “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The rumblings of major immigration reform have started again. As major initiatives to implement comprehensive immigration reform over the past five years have failed, we do not want to overreact to discussions of possible major immigration reform. In a November 13
On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented the long- anticipated “ambush election” rules, which govern the procedures for union representation elections. The new rules go into effect on April 14, 2015 and arguably constitute the most sweeping regulatory change ever implemented by the Board.
On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown following Congress’s failure to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government. Certain federal agencies that rely solely on government funding will not be able to provide most services. Agencies that receive funding from fees or other government sources are expected to remain open, but are expected to experience service delays.