New Jersey News & Analysis

  • Pittsburgh posts guidelines for Paid Sick Days Act

    The city of Pittsburgh has posted guidelines for administering its Paid Sick Days Act (PSDA). Beginning March 15, 2020, employers with 15 or more employees will be required to provide paid sick time. For companies with fewer than 15 employees, sick time will be unpaid for the first year. After March 15, 2021, however, they also will be required to provide paid sick time.

  • Be careful when outsourcing your background checks

    The potential pitfalls of using a consumer reporting agency and maintaining compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) were highlighted in a recent decision by the federal district court in Richmond, Virginia. In the case, job applicants filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank and First Advantage Background Services, a consumer reporting agency the bank retained to perform background checks.

  • Virginia to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

    When the Virginia General Assembly convened in January, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution was at the top of the agenda. As stated in Section 1, the ERA guarantees: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Section 2 provides the enforcement mechanism by which "Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

  • DOL releases final rule to clarify joint employment

    On January 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of a final rule clarifying issues surrounding joint employment, which is of particular interest to employers that use staffing agencies, have franchise relationships, and rely on subcontractors. The effective date of the new rule is March 16, 2020.

  • Hiring challenges persist despite effective recruiting and smart candidates

    Employers are getting used to dealing with an almost constant talent search. The postrecession economic growth over the past decade has spurred employers to create more jobs, and while that would seem to be good news, the challenge of filling those jobs is often daunting.

  • Cutting-Edge HR

    Political talk disruptive? 'Guardrails' can help. The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Politics at Work survey, released in November, reveals that 42% of respondents have personally experienced political disagreements at work, and 34% say their workplace isn't inclusive of differing political perspectives. What should you do about such disruptions? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. says companies shouldn't try to quash political conversations. "But what they can do is create inclusive cultures of civility where difference isn't a disruption," he says.

  • HR Technology

    Report says HR risks becoming irrelevant without modernization. A new report from KPMG finds that three in five HR leaders surveyed believe the HR function will soon become irrelevant if it doesnt modernize its approach to understanding the future workforce. One of the key findings highlighted in Future of HR 2020: Which path are you taking? centers on what the report calls HRs defining challenge: shaping the workforce. Fifty-six percent of the surveys HR respondents said that preparing the workforce for artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will be the biggest challenge.

  • Federal Watch

    OFCCP encourages hiring military spouses. A November 2019 directive from the U.S. Department of Labors Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) encourages federal contractors to recruit, hire, and retain the spouses of veterans and active-duty servicemembers. Directive 2020-01, titled Spouses of Protected Veterans, will require OFCCP compliance officers to ask federal contractors during on-site investigations about their treatment of veterans spouses. The directive also provides a sample policy statement promoting equal employment opportunities for all military spouses that federal contractors can incorporate into their employee handbooks.

  • Philadelphia domestic workers get bill of rights, new protections

    In a unanimous vote, the Philadelphia City Council recently passed a domestic workers' bill of rights, making it the largest city in the nation to expand such protections. Councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez introduced the bill, and members Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, William Greenlee, Helen Gym, Cherelle Parker, Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Mark Squilla were cosponsors. The bill drew support from more than 50 unions, community groups, and legal advocacy organizations. Mayor Jim Kenney's spokesperson has already indicated the mayor intends to the sign the bill. A task force to oversee some of the bill's regulations will be established before it takes effect on May 1, 2020.

  • Blue Virginia likely to legislate more green for workers

    If the Virginia Legislature has its way, a substantial number of workers in the Commonwealth can expect a raise next year. That's because the Virginia Senate and General Assembly are now controlled by Democrats as a result of last fall's elections. Increasing the minimum wage was a major plank of the Democrats' platform in the election. Thus, there's little doubt that when the legislature convenes in January, bills to increase the minimum wage will be introduced and considered. And because Governor Ralph Northam also is a Democrat, he likely will sign into law whatever legislation is passed.