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New Federal Laws Impact Employers and Employees

Over the last week a number of important new laws have been signed into law at the Federal level. The attorneys of Cohn Lifland can assist both employers and employees in understanding their rights and responsibilities under these new statutes.

Servicemember Discrimination from Surprising Sources

Members of the military make monumental sacrifices, from family time to their well-being, all in service to our country. Those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves while holding down full-time jobs sometimes have to leave their place of employment temporarily when ordered to deploy.

Understanding your rights as a nursing mother in New Jersey

If you are a nursing mother in New Jersey, you are considered a protected individual under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. In 2018, the New Jersey Legislature signed amendments to the existing law that makes it illegal for an employer of any size to discriminate against an employee for breastfeeding during work hours.

Are you a victim of “quid pro quo” harassment?

Not all forms of sexual harassment look the same. One form of sexual harassment is known as quid pro quo harassment. In Latin, the phrase translates to “something for something” or “this for that.” An example of this type of sexual harassment is when someone in a supervising role offers an employee a favorable employment outcome in exchange for sexual relations.

Need-to-know information about NJ sick leave law

Getting a job can be difficult. Sometimes, keeping one can be hard, too. As we noted in a post back in August, New Jersey stands out in the United States when it comes to mandating benefits for workers. Counted under this heading is the Family Leave Insurance program.  Family Leave Insurance provides monetary benefits for up to six weeks so employees can bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or provide care for a seriously ill or injured family member.

Understanding The New Jersey Equal Pay Act

On April 24, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act," which became effective on July 1, 2018. N.J.S.A. 34:11-56:13. The Act amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), and prohibits pay disparities based upon characteristics protected by the LAD, such as race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, or sex.

Amid changing NJ laws, employees need to know their rights

The history of law is long, going back thousands of years. That does not mean it is stale and dusty. The truth is that it is ever changing, and so are the implications that follow. The challenge of keeping up with the shifts is a difficult one to face unless you're immersed in the legal environment. That's the value that attorneys bring to the table, and why consulting experienced counsel matters.


An important amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") was enacted April 24, 2018, and goes into effect July 1, 2018. Called the "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act" ("Equal Pay Act" or "Act") this new law has important implications for employees and employers.

Sexual harassment in the workplace

AdobeStock_117586360-1-768x512.jpegSexual harassment in the workplace is illegal both under federal and state law. In New Jersey, employees are protected under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. N.J.S.A. 10:5-1. Sexual harassment may occur to both men and women, whether the alleged harassment was intentional or not. There are generally two types of sexual harassment in the workplace: hostile-work environment sexual harassment and quid pro quo sexual harassment.

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