As summer fast approaches, the Department of Labor has announced a national initiative to educate workers on the hazards associated with working in extreme heat. OSHA has launched a new web page dedicated to heat related illnesses, which can be found here.
Employer’s Handbook Disclaimer Renders Agreement to Arbitrate Unenforceable, New Jersey District Court Holds
Employee handbooks typically contain an overview of company history, a set of employment policies and general guidance, and a clear and prominent disclaimer that nothing in the handbook creates a contract of employment between the company and its employees. The Raymours Furniture Company handbook went one step further—it also contained a mandatory arbitration agreement, which
An Illinois appellate court recently affirmed the dismissal of a contractor’s mechanics lien for failure to provide a “sworn” statement. Weydert Homes v. Kammes, 2009 WL 3153041 (Ill. App. 2d Dist) (2009). The contractor provided a signed sworn statement at the owner’s request; however, the signature was not notarized. The trial court dismissed the contractor’s
On January 18, 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (NJCUMMA) was signed into law. While the NJCUMMA explicitly states that it does not require employers to accommodate a qualified patient’s use of medicinal marijuana in the workplace, that could be changing soon.