On November 6, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification in Aguas v. State of New Jersey, 2013 WL 1136115 (App. Div. Mar. 20, 2013), a pro-employer ruling on the issue of employer liability for sexual harassment by supervisors. In Aguas, the Appellate Division affirmed summary judgment for the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) on the plaintiff’s claims for sexual harassment and hostile work environment created by her supervisors because the DOC had demonstrated due care in adopting and implementing an effective anti-sexual harassment policy, and because it conducted an investigation within a reasonable time period following plaintiff’s complaints. Accordingly, the court held that plaintiff could not demonstrate that the DOC negligently administered its anti-sexual harassment policy or aided the harassment through the authority it delegated to the offending supervisors. The Supreme Court’s opinion on review could have a significant impact on the steps employers should take to prevent and respond to sexual harassment claims involving supervisors.
Judith Dorfman was hired in 2001 at age 56 by the Pine Hill New Jersey Board of Education. Her contract was renewed in 2002 and 2003. However, at the end of the 2003-04 school-year, Dorfman was told that there was a problem with her “fit” at the school, and her contract was not renewed for the following school year. Instead, Dorfman was replaced by a qualified, but less experienced, teacher who was eleven years younger than she.
On April 30, 2021, the Biden administration issued a proclamation that implements restrictions for travelers from India, due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Pursuant to the proclamation, noncitizens who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the United States will be barred entry, unless eligible for an exception. The restrictions are scheduled to take effect on May 4, 2021, at 12:01 am eastern daylight time.
Giving Thanks: In Employee Relations, Small Gestures Go a Long Way—An Interview With Law Firm Founder Jimmie Stewart
J. Hamilton (Jimmie) Stewart, III is one of the founders of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law for nearly five decades. In this interview, he shares his observations about how small, positive steps can make a big difference in employee relations. JATHAN JANOVE:…..