On January 9, 2014, the Senate reintroduced a bill (S218), which would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to make it a civil rights violation for an employee to be fired or otherwise discriminated against because of breastfeeding or expressing milk during breaks. The bill also would require employers to provide reasonable break time each day to an employee, as needed, for the employee to express breast milk (as long as it would not unduly disrupt the employer’s operations). The bill would further require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a location (other than a toilet stall) where the employee can express milk in private, and imposes a civil penalty (from $500 to $1,000, depending on number offenses) for failing to do so. (It should be noted, however, that New Jersey employers already are subject to similar requirements under 2010 amendments to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.) Previous versions of this bill were unsuccessful in the 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2012 legislative sessions.
In this series of blog posts, we have examined the use of independent-contractor relationships by multinational organizations. In our last three posts, we identified issues for global entities that are considering using independent contractors when expanding….
On May 30, the California Assembly passed AB 10, which aims to increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally over a three-year period to $9.25 per hour by 2016. California’s current minimum wage is $8 per hour. It was last increased in 2008 by 50 cents. The measure, which now passes to…..
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that would amend federal law (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.