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Category Archives: Handbooks

January 19, 2016

Arbitration agreements in employee handbooks not enforceable.

In a recent decision, the New Jersey Appellate division held that a clause in an employee handbook requiring arbitration of job disputes is unenforceable where the handbook also provides that it is not a binding employment contract. The opinion in Morgan v. Raymours Furniture Company Inc. 2016 N.J. Super. LEXIS 1 also held that an  Read More arrow

April 24, 2015

DOL Expands Definition of “Spouse” Under the FMLA

In a recent Final Rule that takes effect on March 27, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has revised the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The revised definition includes same-sex spouses for purposes of FMLA leave, regardless of the couple’s state of resident. The Final Rule does  Read More arrow

June 5, 2014

When Employment Handbooks Become Employment Contracts

Most companies large and small have some type of an employment handbook. They usually deal with topics such as: the terms and conditions of employment; company policies and procedures; and, the mission statement which guides the business philosophy of the company. In Woolley v. Hoffman-LaRouche, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that an employment handbook  Read More arrow

May 1, 2014

Surveillance in the Workplace- When Does Appropriate Monitoring Become Illegal Spying? 

The line between an employer’s right to monitor the conduct of its employees and an employee’s expectation of privacy in the workplace has always been a balancing act.  In today’s digital age, the tension between these two competing priorities becomes more challenging.  Computers, and their concomitant access to social media, are essential to the operation  Read More arrow