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.
On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service launched a one-stop online resource for employment services for veterans. The new website, Veterans.gov, brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top-trending industry sectors, and employer assistance in a single online location.
Los Angeles is once again in the spotlight as it implements changes in its laws that will impact many of its employers and their employees beginning July 1, 2016. On June 1, 2016, the City Council passed the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (No. 184320), adopting both new minimum wage rules and paid sick leave benefits applicable to all employees who perform at least two hours of work in a particular week within the geographic boundaries of the City of Los Angeles.
News sources recently reported that one of the Dallas nurses infected with the Ebola virus visited a retail establishment before boarding a plane from Cleveland to Dallas. Since then, retailers and customers have been concerned about Ebola in the retail environment. In addition to issues concerning customers’ fears of contraction, Ebola…..