This article is being reproduced with the permission of our friends at the Pro Bono Partnership.
While many of us were on holiday during the summer, Governor Christie signed four bills into law that will have a significant impact on New Jersey employers. To assist nonprofits to comply with these new laws, the Pro Bono Partnership has prepared summaries of the laws.
NJ Employers May Not Retaliate Against Employees Who Request Certain Information from Coworkers
Effective August 29, 2013, pursuant to an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who requests from a coworker information regarding any employee's job title, occupational category, rate of compensation, ethnicity, gender, military status, national origin, or race, if the purpose of the request was to assist in investigating the possibility of the occurrence of, or in taking of legal action regarding, potential discriminatory treatment concerning compensation or benefits. Click here to view the Pro Bono Partnership's summary of the NJLAD amendment.
NJ SAFE Act Requires Unpaid Leave for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence
Effective October 1, 2013, pursuant to the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act), New Jersey employers with 25 or more employees must provide up to 20 days of unpaid leave during a 12-month period to eligible employees when the employees or certain family members of the employees have been victimized by "an incident of domestic violence" or "a sexually violent offense." Click here to view the Pro Bono Partnership's summary of the NJ SAFE Act.
Employers May Be Penalized for Failure to Timely Respond to Informational Requests from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Effective with respect to benefit payments made on or after October 22, 2013, New Jersey employers that fail to timely and adequately respond to requests from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for information relating to employees' claims for unemployment compensation or temporary disability insurance benefits may be penalized. Click here to view the Pro Bono Partnership's summary of this new law.
NJ Restricts Employers' Access to Private Social Media Account of Employees and Job Applicants
Effective December 1, 2013, New Jersey prohibits employers from requesting employees and job applicants to provide access to their private social media accounts. Click here to view the Pro Bono Partnership's summary of the new social media privacy protection law.
If you have any questions about any of these new laws and you are associated with a New Jersey charitable nonprofit, feel free to contact Christine Michelle Duffy from the Pro Bono Partnership, at (973) 240-6955. If your nonprofit needs assistance with revising its policies in response to these laws, please contact Christine or the Pro Bono Partnership lawyer with whom you usually work.
The Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Substantially leveraging the impact of its in-house legal staff, the Partnership annually recruits and mobilizes hundreds of attorneys from major corporations and law firms to donate their time and expertise on behalf of its nonprofit clients, enhancing their ability to improve conditions in their communities.