On February 25, 2014, a bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee that would allow employees to suspend payment of interest on their mortgages if they were affected by a violation of the Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (NJ WARN Act). The bill would apply only to individuals domiciled in New Jersey and would require them to obtain a court order finding that their employer violated the NJ WARN Act. In the event such an order is obtained, the employee can suspend interest payments on his or her mortgage for a period of one year, beginning on the date of the order. The employee is still obligated to pay all other amounts required by the mortgage agreement (e.g., principal, escrow, or other fees) and the suspended interest payments must be paid in equal installments over the remainder of the mortgage. While this new bill does not create any additional liability for employers, it may raise the likelihood that an employee will pursue court action in connection with potential NJ WARN Act violations.
In November 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued a proposed predictive scheduling rule that would have imposed various call-in pay requirements when shifts are scheduled or cancelled on short notice or when employees are on call.
Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3, holding that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protect not only the employees of regulated public companies but also the employees of contractors and subcontractors of those companies. By…..
In keeping with his pledge to promote high-paying jobs, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order, “Expanding Apprenticeships in America,” on June 15, 2017. With a goal to equip workers with the skills to fill existing and new jobs as well as jobs of the future in our rapidly changing economy, this executive order also acknowledges that our educational systems and our workforce development programs are not effective and in need of reform.