On November 16, 2015, a bill was introduced to extend the protections of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to breastfeeding mothers. If enacted, New Jersey Assembly Bill 4696 would require New Jersey employers to provide a reasonable accommodation for breastfeeding mothers, including reasonable break time each day and a suitable room or other location with privacy (other than a toilet stall), in close proximity to the work area, for the employee to express breast milk. Terminating an employee from her employment because she is breastfeeding or expressing breast milk during breaks would constitute a violation under the NJLAD. Previous versions of this bill were unsuccessful in the 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 legislative sessions.
On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. According to the court, “[d]uring required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time.”
In the February 2011 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported that the Assembly and the Senate each had passed a bill (S2493 and A3254) intended to strengthen the right of corporate directors and officers to receive indemnification for costs incurred during civil, criminal, administrative or investigative actions, suits or proceedings, arising from their
Strengthening Security of the Visa Waiver Program Through Enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization
On November 3, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency is instituting additional security measures for individuals seeking admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP is typically available to citizens of countries with relatively high rates of travel to the United States and low rates of overstaying. Qualified individuals may be admitted to the United States as visitors without obtaining a visa from a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.