On May 11, 2012, another bill (A2866) was introduced seeking to amend the New Jersey Family Leave Act to provide covered employees up to 48 hours of additional leave time (in increments as short as two hours) during any 12-month period. Covered employees may use this additional leave time to attend or participate in their child’s school functions or activities (such as theatrical productions, sporting events, classroom observations, parent-teacher conferences, and other meetings concerning the employee’s child) or to accompany the child to routine medical or dental appointments. In January 2012, the Assembly introduced a bill (A1421) that would provide for similar leave, but much less – only up to eight hours per year. (For a discussion of this bill, see the March 2012 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.)
On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated opinion deciding the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court upheld the entire Act except a provision related to expanding eligibility for Medicaid. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the Court, construed the individual mandate as an option to have “minimum essential coverage” or to pay a tax and upheld the provision on the basis that the Act merely uses a tax penalty as a means of incentivizing an individual to have minimum essential coverage.
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Designation As "Joint Employer" Requires Some Control Over The Work Or Working Conditions Of The Employee
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) makes it unlawful for any employer to interfere with an employee’s rights under that Act. Although the Act itself does not address situations in which multiple entities may be viewed as “joint-employers” for purposes of the FMLA, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued regulations setting out situations