Employment Law Blog


February 6, 2015

Employment Law – The Cost of Safety

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that protects disabled individuals from discrimination not only in employment but also in places of public […]
January 29, 2015

America’s Workers Sick of Not Being Able To Take Paid Sick Days

There is as of yet no federal paid sick leave law in the United States, which is the only developed country in the world that does […]
January 23, 2015

Blowing The Whistle On Your Employer In New Jersey

For years, New Jersey has had one of the strongest laws in the country protecting whistleblowers in the workplace. The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, […]
January 16, 2015

What are Your Rights as a Breastfeeding Mother in New Jersey?

While the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination was recently amended to specifically include pregnancy discrimination, there is no current statutory law in New Jersey which provides […]
November 22, 2014

New Jersey Takes Pregnancy Discrimination Seriously

Pregnancy can be a physically demanding time. You may find you have more trouble standing for a full shift. You may need to take extra-bathroom breaks, […]
September 22, 2014

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Every employee feels unhappy at work sometimes. Bosses and coworkers may frustrate and irritate you. However, some workplace behavior crosses the line such as in the […]
August 24, 2014

Big Changes for New Jersey Whistleblower Law

New Jersey’s whistleblower statute, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”), N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 protects employees against retaliation if they choose to disclose a policy or practice of […]
July 12, 2014

Pay Docking for Salaried Employees – Employers and Employees, Beware!

If a salaried employee is late for work, can the employer dock that employee’s pay to account for the missed hours? In most cases, the answer […]
June 7, 2014

Employer Discrimination Against Individuals with a Criminal Record

“Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Traditionally, employers ask this question on job applications to screen out applicants. Checking the “yes” box in response […]
May 6, 2014

PPP – Pregnancy People Protected

Finally, New Jersey joins other states in protecting pregnant women. It is really shocking that a state like ours which has such broad remedial statutes did […]
April 2, 2014

Facebook Could Cost You $$

On February 28, 2014, Yahoo published an article entitled “Daughter’s Facebook Brag Costs Her Family $80,000.” The title itself sounds horrifying, especially since most parents consistently […]
March 14, 2014

Getting “High” on the Job – Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

The first Medical Marijuana dispensary in New Jersey opened in Montclair, NJ over a year ago. The initial legalization of marijuana undoubtedly raised concerns among employers, […]
February 24, 2014

A Dollar More, Still Not a Wage?

In November of 2013, New Jersyians flocked to the polls and ultimately decided that the minimum wage just wasn’t cutting it. The citizens of the Garden […]
January 10, 2014

Bridgegate

Recently, New Jersey has been thrust into the national spotlight due to Bridgegate – the Chris Christie George Washington Bridge (“GWB”) scandal. On January 9, 2014, […]
August 6, 2020

NJDCR Finds Probable Cause for Claims of Race and “Reverse” Age Discrimination

By Francine Foner, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. In a press release issued by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and Attorney General Gurbir S. […]
August 4, 2020

What if My Employer is Violating Pandemic-Related Guidance?

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued a number of Executive Orders since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.  The […]
August 2, 2020

Has the Pandemic Changed Your Work Duties? You’re Not Alone!

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. As restrictions begin to lift, many employees throughout the country are gradually returning to work. But for […]
July 30, 2020

Protections are On the Way for Essential Workers who Test Positive for COVID-19

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. Ty Hyderally, Esq. On July 27, 2020, the New Jersey Senate sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee Senate Bill No. 2380, which […]
July 29, 2020

A Good Day in the Courtroom for Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment

By Francine Foner, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. Shanique Wells (“Wells”) was hired by AAA North Jersey (“AAA”) in November 2013 as a Marketing Manager. After […]
July 27, 2020

SCOTUS Tacitly Approves Salary History Ban

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Rewriting history can be a very difficult task, and can have unintended consequences. Sometimes, though, un-writing history can be […]
July 21, 2020

Employees are Protected Against Discrimination – Except if They Work for a Religious Organization

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. In a 7-2 opinion reversing the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in favor of two lay […]
July 16, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Provision in Employment Contract

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq.           Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold an arbitration agreement in two cases between transportation workers […]
July 13, 2020

Employees Fired for Expressing their Views

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. We are in a very unique time in our country’s history. Many protests are happening throughout New Jersey and […]
July 8, 2020

LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum in NJ Schools is No Longer Optional

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. As most are aware of, recent progress surrounding the legal rights of LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace […]
July 7, 2020

Don’t Consent! Read this First when Presented with an Arbitration Agreement

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. On June 14, 2020, a New Jersey federal judge ruled that 151 plaintiffs (comprised of over 350 individuals) […]
July 4, 2020

Great News for New Jersey Employees – Major Expansions in the Paid Family Leave Program

By Francine Foner, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. Governor Murphy recently signed into law, amendments to New Jersey’s paid family leave program which substantially expanded eligibility, […]
June 30, 2020

There’s No Denying It Anymore: Systemic Racism Still Occurs in the Workplace Today

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. The devastating effects of both covert and overt racism have swept the nation into a call for […]
June 25, 2020

Issues with Employees Returning to Work in Montclair, NJ.

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Montclair, and the rest of New Jersey, has now entered Stage 2 of Reopening.  This means that salons and […]
June 19, 2020

Victory for LGBTQ Employees Nationwide!

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. After decades in which Congress has considered and failed to pass measures adding sexual orientation to the list […]
June 18, 2020

Breaking Ranks: Crossing the Thin Blue Line to Report Race Discrimination

By Francine Foner, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. The whole world is currently focused on the systemic racism that permeates many police departments throughout the United […]
June 18, 2020

Race Discrimination in Employment Continues

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. With all of the recent news of police brutality against African-Americans, anyone who has been on the internet or […]
June 15, 2020

Pandemic Prompts Proposed Amendments to New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law

By Francine Foner, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. On October 10, 2018, the New Jersey Legislature passed the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law, N.J.S.A. 34:11D-1 (“NJESLL”) […]
June 12, 2020

More Flexible Federal Loan Bill Could Mean Big Help for Small NJ and NY Businesses

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. Last week, new legislation modifying the current Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) was unanimously passed by the U.S. […]
June 5, 2020

Your Office Might Reopen Soon … Or Not?

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. As we enter the summer, many workers who have stayed home for several months under state mandates addressing […]
June 4, 2020

New Jersey Enters Stage 2 of Restart and Recovery

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday that the next phase in restarting New Jersey’s economy will begin on […]
May 30, 2020

Not So Fast… New Jersey Trial Court Improperly Dismissed Discrimination and Whistleblowing Claims Prior To Discovery

By: Francine Foner, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. The Appellate Division recently reversed a lower court ruling dismissing the discrimination and whistleblowing claims of Suketu H. […]
May 28, 2020

Emiliano Rios did the Right Thing!

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Sometimes, it is unclear what is the right thing to do. Other times, it is glaringly obvious. Like when […]
May 27, 2020

Governor Murphy Signs Order Phasing in Looser Restrictions in NJ

By: Chantal N Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. As one of the hardest-hit states in the country, New Jersians have added risks to assess when […]
May 19, 2020

A Party Can Prevail in a New Jersey Lawsuit — Regardless of Damages

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. In a May 8, 2020 ruling, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court protected the right […]
May 13, 2020

Confirming Protections for New Jersey Essential Workers

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. While many New Jersey employees are at home, either working or having been laid off, others are going in […]
May 8, 2020

Frontline Workers: Hazard Pay Could be Coming Your Way

By Chantal N Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. On May 1, 2020, the “Hazardous Duty Pay for Frontline Federal Workers Act” (the “Act”) was introduced […]
May 3, 2020

NJ Court Awards Significant Punitive Damages In Failure To Accommodate Case

By Francine Foner, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. It may seem like the only thing courts are doing these days is issuing various restrictions and orders related […]
May 2, 2020

Taking Sides in an Employment Dispute… What Are My Protections?

By Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Being forced to take sides, especially when pressured to say and do things we do not agree with, is […]
April 29, 2020

Relief For New Jersey’s Self-Employed Impacted By COVID-19

By Francine Foner, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) recently published additional guidance on the expansion of unemployment benefits available to […]
April 24, 2020

Can My Employer Really Take My Temperature Every Day?

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Many employers in New Jersey and elsewhere have begun to take temperatures of employees and vendors, to help prevent […]
April 22, 2020

NJ Expands the Family Leave Act During the Pandemic

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. A new Bill which may impact New Jersey employees during the COVID-19 pandemic was approved by the […]
April 21, 2020

Can Your Employer Refuse to Allow You to Work Remotely During COVID-19?

By Francine Foner, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many employees are working remotely and becoming Zoom savvy. There are, however, instances where […]
April 20, 2020

Essential Employees Are Further Protected In New Jersey

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. In the wake of the current pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has signed 24 executive orders […]
April 13, 2020

Recovered from COVID-19? Congratulations! Need a Note to Return to Work? Best wishes…

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Every New Jersey employee has been affected in some way by the current pandemic. Thousands upon thousands of workers […]
April 9, 2020

Department of Labor Clarifies Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. In a recent blog, we outlined the federal government’s new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), one […]
April 5, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on EEOC Guidance

By: Lía Fiol-Matta, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pub. […]
April 1, 2020

Non-Essential NJ Workers’ Access To Child Care Centers On Hold

By Francine Foner, Esq. and Ty Hyderally, Esq. On March 25, 2020, Governor Murphy signed yet another Executive Order involving business restrictions as a result of […]
March 30, 2020

Unemployment Compensation in the Time of COVID-19

By Jennifer Vorih, Esq., Ty Hyderally, Esq. Workers in New Jersey and across the country are becoming unemployed in droves, and wondering how they are going […]
March 27, 2020

Can I Refuse to Go to Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

By: Chantal N. Guerriero, Esq. and Ty Hyderally Esq. Along with these particularly uncertain times facing the American workforce will undoubtedly come a flood of questions […]