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August 2016 Archives

U.S. EEOC Select Task Force Releases Important and Timely Study of Workplace Harassment

Earlier this summer, the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued its long-anticipated Report, in four-part format and an Executive Summary that we link here for your information and guidance.  The Summary provides a superb and convenient overview of the 88-page report. Here are some of the Report’s highlights:

“In NJ, under what circumstances may I forcibly emancipate my own child?”

Current New Jersey law says that when a child reaches the age of 19, and absent specific exceptions for college education or disability, s/he is presumptively emancipated. This means the child becomes financially independent of his/her parents. The burden is on the young adult child or the other parent to demonstrate that the child is

“I have a crush on the guy in the mailroom. Is my NJ employer lawfully permitted to ban co-workers’ off-hours dating?”

Social psychologists report that the workplace is closely aligned with each employee’s family dynamics.  People get into parental and sibling roles with co-workers who are not related by blood or marriage.  We bring ourselves to work, complete with psyches, emotions, bright spots, and disturbances.  Many Americans spend so much of their time at work, they

“I have been my granddaughter’s primary caretaker for several years. My daughter recently died, and now my son-in-law wants to permanently exclude me from my granddaughter’s life. Do I have legal rights?”

Grandparents’ right to play an active role in the lives of their grandchildren continues to reach courts around the country and affect the lives of many families. According to current law, grandparents who have been limited or barred from visiting grandchildren must show sufficient actual harm to the grandchildren to warrant a full hearing.  At

“When I Give My Notice of Family and Medical Leave — What Exactly is Required of Me?”

Most NJ employees have the right to request and receive a leave of absence for specific reasons, including the birth of a baby and the illness or death of a close relative. That right is assured by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and its NJ state equivalent, the Family Leave Act.   Paid

“How should my NJ divorce attorney help with my Family Part Case Information Statement?”

In a contested divorce, the NJ Family Part Case Information Statement (CIS) is one of the most important tools for the trial court, the parties, their legal counsel, their mediator, and/or their arbitrator to consider. In many divorce cases, an attorney hands a blank CIS to the client – or sends a hyperlink as we

NJ Supreme Court to Employers: You Can’t Cut Discrimination Claims Deadlines by Contract

The New Jersey Supreme Court has sent a loud and clear message to employers in our State: employment agreements cannot shorten time limits for discrimination claims. In Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc., the Court held that private contracts cannot shorten the statutorily provided 2-year statute of limitations under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

Is NJ Investigating You for Child Abuse? Get Experienced Legal Help Now!

In the State of New Jersey, adults who suspect child abuse are legally required to report it.  Reports may be made anonymously.  The investigating agency is the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P). The process of investigation can be stressful and confusing for parents, so it is a good idea to retain an attorney

Employers Take Note: Philadelphia Bans Credit History Use in Most Employment Decisions!

In a clear harbinger for New Jersey, right next door, the City of Philadelphia has just joined 12 other jurisdictions in passing laws prohibiting public and private employers from using a person’s credit history to influence employment decisions. The Ordinance, enacted on July 7, 2016, and effective August 6, 2016, places “meaningful restrictions” on employers

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