On December 5, 2011, the Assembly approved the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act (A921). The Assembly had previously passed the bill, but it needed to vote on the measure again to consider amendments made by the Senate. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s office, where it is expected to become law following unanimous approval from both houses. For more information on this bill, see the November 2011 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.
Tracking the myriad of state laws regarding E-Verify remains a challenge. Arizona and Mississippi have the broadest E-Verify laws. Other states have laws that require some or all employers to use E-Verify or use an acceptable alternative, for example a qualifying driver’s license (South Carolina) or the Social Security Number Verification Service (Utah). Several other states have requirements that may require E-Verify for state agencies and certain government contractors.
Same-sex couples can legally marry, but are they legally entitled to benefits? The Supreme Court of Texas will decide this issue after hearing oral arguments in March of 2017 in Pidgeon v. Turner.
Indiana Supreme Court Favors Employee Over Interpretation of “Public Policy” Exception to At-Will Employment.
In Perkins v. Memorial Hospital of South Bend (Case No. 20S-CT-233), a split Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of an employee who was discharged after testifying against Memorial Hospital of South Bend at a coworker’s unemployment compensation hearing. In its decision, the supreme court reiterated and reaffirmed Indiana’s strong presumption of at-will employment and discussed, but declined to create, an exception for voluntary witness testimony at unemployment hearings.