On April 9, 2012, the New Jersey Appellate Division overturned a jury award of $3.6 million to a plaintiff who previously had convinced a jury that he was terminated for complaining about his reduced commissions, in violation of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), rather than—as the employer claimed—for his inappropriate emails. Powell v. Wachovia Corporation et. al., A-1727-10T4 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 9, 2012). In overturning the jury award, the Appellate Division held that the plaintiff’s retention of counsel and his objection merely sought to vindicate a personal right (a contract dispute) which did not serve a public purpose necessary to state a claim under CEPA and that the plaintiff did not have a reasonable objective belief that his commission reduction was “fraudulent, deceptive, or unlawful.”
Beltway Buzz, July 8, 2022
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Reminder: New York’s Minimum Wage Is Increasing to $8.75 Per Hour on December 31, 2014
Effective December 31, 2014, New York State’s minimum wage will increase from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour. The overtime rate for hourly employees earning the minimum wage will increase to $13.13 per hour. In addition, the minimum salary for exempt administrative or executive employees will increase from $600.00 to $656.25 per week.
A Reminder on Voting Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens
As the 2016 presidential election approaches, election reminders abound encouraging everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. Largely focused on the importance of participation, these messages do not typically distinguish between U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and individuals in the United States pursuant to temporary nonimmigrant visas. In fact, it is critically important for LPRs and temporary nonimmigrants to understand the negative consequences that involvement in the election process could have on their U.S. immigration status.