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Class Certifications In Wage And Hour Cases

Rules regarding class certification can sometimes seem obscure and obtuse. These rules can have a considerable impact on multi-million dollar litigation, however. Due to the high cost and long period needed to defend against a class-action lawsuit, these cases are often won and lost at the class certification stage with defendants trying to settle cases quickly if they lose the battle to decertify a class.

NJ Wage Theft Act Updates Include Protections For Workers And Steep Damages For Businesses

Employment-related legislation continues to be a hot topic around the country.  A number of state legislators have passed aggressive laws aimed at impacting employer-employee relationships.  One of the most unique and far-reaching of these laws was just signed into law in the State of New Jersey.  On August 16, 2019, the New Jersey Wage Theft Act became law.

Medical Marijuana And Workers' Compensation- States and Federal Laws Still Not Seeing Eye-To-Eye

Medical marijuana is still a controversial subject in the field of employment, even as it becomes less controversial generally. Thirty-three states now provide for legal medical marijuana. Many of those states legalized medical marijuana after the success of ballot measures in statewide elections. At the same time, the drug remains a controlled substance at the federal level and the Controlled Substances Act states that marijuana has no commonly accepted medical usage.

NJ Businesses With Independent Contractors Expecting Tightening Regulations

The classification of workers as independent contractors or employees continues to draw aggressive state action. These classifications can significantly impact a host of employment-related areas, but the reason why states involve themselves so much in these determinations often center around taxation issues. To this end, New Jersey recently updated its regulations to make it significantly harder for companies seeking an exemption from unemployment taxes to classify their workers as independent contractors, and it will have a big impact on trucking companies.