In December 2012, the Assembly re-introduced the “Back to Work NJ Program” (A3580), which is designed to provide unpaid workplace training (without jeopardizing unemployment benefits) to certain eligible unemployment beneficiaries for a maximum of 24 hours per week for up to six weeks. The bill also provides eligible participants with up to $50 per week to assist with training-related costs. In addition, eligible participants may also receive a weekly or monthly NJ Transit pass for round trip transportation from the participant’s New Jersey residence to the site for workplace training. Similar proposed legislation (A3584/S2496) was vetoed by Governor Christie in 2011.
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E-Verify, the voluntary electronic employment verification system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been at the center of efforts to improve the employment eligibility verification system and enhance worksite enforcement efforts. In 1996, Congress introduced the Basic Pilot Program, the predecessor to the current E-Verify, as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Current authorization and funding for E-Verify is set to expire on November 1, 2008. On July 31, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 6633) that would extend E-Verify for five years.
On January 8, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided whether courts may disregard contractual language calling for an arbitrator to decide questions of arbitrability if the argument that the arbitration agreement applies to the particular dispute is “wholly groundless.” The Court ruled that a “wholly groundless” exception is inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), and courts are not free to override the terms of parties’ agreements to arbitrate.