Earlier this year, a bill (A1366) was introduced that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to allow employers to require their employees and applicants to speak English while performing any duties falling within the scope of the employee’s employment, without regard to whether speaking English is necessary to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job. Employees, however, would be allowed to speak other languages during a bona fide meal period, rest period, or other breaks authorized by the employer.
The policy of conducting extensive I-9 audits on a nationwide basis continues. On November 19, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced the issuance of Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 1,000 employers across the country. This round of inspections is focused on employers associated with critical infrastructure. The employers were selected
Prevailing Wage – Senate Labor Committee Approves Bill Requiring Participation in Registered Apprenticeship Programs
On December 7, 2009, the Senate Labor Committee approved a bill (S3094) requiring any contractor or subcontractor bidding on any public work to participate in a registered apprenticeship program for each separate trade involved on the job. The committee amended the bill to “phase in” the apprenticeship requirement in a manner which provides an opportunity for contractors which do not now have apprenticeship programs to make the transition needed to comply with the requirement.
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