Stark & Stark Shareholder Ben Widener, Chair of the firm’s Employment Group, authored the article “Two Important New Developments in NJ Employment Law,” which was published on March 11, 2015 by U.S.1.
The article discusses two new legal developments that will change the way employers do business: worker pregnancy and paid sick leave.
Recently, New Jersey enacted the Pregnancy Worker’s Fairness Act as an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. This amendment now “explicitly prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees in the workplace,” said Mr. Widener.
Aside from this new legislation, “there are also bills pending before the New Jersey Legislature that would require employers to provide mandatory sick leave for all employees.” The amount of sick leave would depend on several factors, but if passed, these laws could raise new concerns for all employers in New Jersey.
Failure to comply with these new developments could expose employers to liability issues. It is recommended that employers consult with their legal counsel in order to remain compliant with these new laws/developments.
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