Can I terminate an employee who does not return from leave?

By: | 08.20.19 | Common HR Questions
Sound familiar? The question of how to respond appropriately when an employee has exceeded his or her approved leave time is one frequently encountered by the MEA Legal and Compliance Team. Members often turn to MEA in search of resolution to this common yet complex sit...

What employers need to know about national origin discrimination

By: | 08.07.19 | HR Compliance
While the #MeToo movement has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, employers are responsible for maintaining workplaces that are free from harassment based on any protected category. Given the current political climate around immigration, employe...

New NJ law makes asking about salary history unlawful

By: | 07.30.19 | HR Compliance
On July 25, 2019, New Jersey Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver signed A1094 into law, which will prevent employers from asking about workers’ wage and salary history. The law will take effect six months after the bill was signed. Shortly after taking office in Ja...

Burger King case serves up warning to employers on FMLA notice

By: | 07.16.19 | HR Compliance
When does an employer have enough information to grant leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?  A federal court in Alabama recently shed some light on this issue, finding that an employer, a Burger King franchisee restaurant, unlawfully interfered with...

New minimum wage in New Jersey effective July 1

By: | 07.10.19 | HR Compliance
This is a reminder to all employers with workers in New Jersey. Effective July 1, 2019, the minimum wage in New Jersey rose to $10.00 an hour for most workers. The rate will increase by $1.00 per hour in subsequent years until it reaches $15.00 per hour in 2024. Notabl...

What are my obligations for accommodating a lactating employee in the workplace?

By: | 07.01.19 | Common HR Questions
Earlier this year, an Arizona jury found in favor of a breastfeeding paramedic, awarding the nursing mother $3.8 million for her lawsuit alleging that she was not provided a lactation space as required by federal law (Clark v. City of Tucson, No. 14-02543 (D. Ariz. Apr...