On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch’s nomination establishes a 5-4 conservative majority on the high court, ending the 4-4 decisions that have issued since the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The timing of Gorsuch’s confirmation puts him on track to serve on the Court—and contribute to decisions—in the final few cases of the current term.
On March 19, 2015, the New Jersey State Assembly Labor Committee approved a bill (A3912) that would allow New Jersey counties and municipalities to set a minimum wage for private sector employees within their borders at an amount higher than the state’s minimum wage. To become law, the bill must still be approved by the full state Senate and Assembly, as well as the governor.
Both employers and individuals continue to receive a barrage of information regarding the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). It is important to remember that during any time of stress, there will be some people with bad intentions willing to take advantage of the situation. “Phishing” and similar cybersecurity attacks are among the scams that the U.S. government is currently seeing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations drafted by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. These new regulations, covering the entire gamut of employment law topics within the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), will go into effect on April 1, 2016.