They say that change is one of the few constants in life. If that’s true, then 2019 was as constant as a year could be for New Jersey employers.
It’s a relatively short drive south of Morristown to get to Middlesex. The borough’s State Sen Linda Greenstein recently said that in her two decades in the New Jersey legislature, she finds the proposed independent contractor law “the most confusing.”
It is important for many employers to hire independent contractors who can perform essential tasks at a lower overall cost than full-time employees with benefits. A bill recently introduced in the New Jersey legislature would create a stricter ABC test for determining who is and who is not a contractor.
Workplace romances can complicate office politics and watercooler conversation, but when the relationships involve employees with unequal power, employers can find their employment policies questioned, publicly scrutinized and even the target of litigation.
Regular readers of our Morristown employment law blog know that New Jersey’s recent expansion of its wage and hour laws has made it easier for both regulators and workers to level a wide variety of charges against employers. We read recently that state labor auditors are investigating whether ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft are misclassifying workers as independent contractors.
New Jersey employers have all of the usual challenges that businesses must deal with daily, but they are also compelled to try to keep up with our state’s constant changes in employment law. Of course, it’s not enough to just know about the changes, you are required to comply with each new rule, regulation and statute.
We’re grateful to those who regularly stop by our Morristown Employment Law Blog to check out news and views. You know that it has been a busy summer with revisions to New Jersey employment law coming at a furious pace.
If your New Jersey employee handbook makes references to the Spice Girls, scrunchies or this new thing called the World Wide Web, it is very likely time for an update.
A new wage equity law bans New Jersey employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed the bill into law, saying that she’s “proud to sign this bill today for our women, children and families, which will institute this policy as state law, and put an end to this discriminatory workplace practice once and for all.”
So far, 33 states have enacted medical marijuana laws, including New Jersey. There’s another growing list as well: states that afford some job protections to workers and job applicants who use medical marijuana – and New Jersey is among those states.