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NJ Law About Employment & Settlement Agreements Changes

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Mar 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A new law has been enacted that affects employment contracts, and settlement agreements that resolve discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims.  Employers like to include confidentiality provisions in these agreements to avoid the adverse publicity should the agreements be made public.  ...

More NJ Sales Representatives Getting Commissions

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our last post explored the legal remedies available to independent sales representatives in New Jersey when a principal is reluctant to pay. But what happens when you're not independent, but a direct employee who works on commission? The Sales Representative Protection Act doesn't apply to you. T...

The Sales Representatives Rights Act

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Sales Representatives Rights Act I come from a family of independent sales representatives, so this statute holds a special place in my heart.  If you are an independent sales person who works on commission, you know the feeling of vulnerability that comes with waiting for a commission check ...

What Do Open Judgeships Mean for Litigants?

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Aug 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was struck recently by two separate articles with a common theme.  One details the fact that there will soon be five — count 'em, five — judicial vacancies on the federal court bench in New Jersey.  That's five out of 17 authorized judgeships, nearly a 30% deficit.  Want to guess how many candi...

What Vacation Time Means to the Smaller Business

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Jun 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

It's hard to believe that June is already underway, summer is less than three weeks away, and with it comes hard core vacation time. Which brings to mind some seasonal considerations that businesses should have tidied up in advance to make coping with employee vacations seamless. First, employer...

Where’s My Dictionary?

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the law firm where I held my first private sector job following my clerkship a partner told me that “we're in the vocabulary business.”  This was fine with me, as I've always had a pretty good vocabulary thanks to excellent schooling and lots of reading.  Back in high school my siblings took t...

Managing Litigation Risk in the Smaller Business

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

People who own and operate small firms are positioned to have among the most challenging yet fulfilling of all business enterprises.  However, experience teaches us that is that most businesses will be involved in at least one lawsuit, possibly as a plaintiff but more likely as a defendant. This ...

Or

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Or The Eyes Of Texas Were Upon the Beauty Consultant from NJ How many contracts have you signed in the course of your business career?  Did any of them contain a choice of law provision?  You know, buried down somewhere toward the end where you always find the boilerplate provisions, where they p...

A Look Back and A Look Forward

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

With 2017 behind us and 2018 off to a wintery start, let me tell you how truly grateful I am for the trust placed in us by our clients. Many times over the past year we have helped our clients navigate the often hazardous waters of employment law in New Jersey – and the airways of aviation law.  ...

Some Year-End Employment Law Thoughts for NJ

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Dec 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are two business days left until we hit 2017, so this is a good time for a handful of parting thoughts on the employment law landscape, plus some suggestions on how to hit the ground running in the New Year. 2016 saw significant developments and refinements in many areas of employment law. ...

Unemployment Theft Punished by 7 Years

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Dec 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

The question: how did she get away with it for so long?  The woman in question used 24 false identities to collect $345,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits.  Story here. It seems like crime paid in this case, at least for a while. The final lesson, however, is that claiming unemployment benef...

And Exactly How . . . .?

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Nov 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

A trial judge once told me, with some frustration, that appellate judges (not on the NJ Supreme Court, I hasten to add) sometimes do not appreciate the practical difficulties with which their rulings present the trial courts that must implement them. That complaint came back to me when I read the...

A Sampler of Federal Employment Law Developments

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we have pointed out before, New Jersey's employment laws are structured in a way that makes it desirable, nearly all of the time, for plaintiffs to file their cases in state court under state law. In that way we differ from many other states, where federal law is used more frequently.  That do...

Business Dreams Must Be Made to Happen

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you're a reader of the thriller genre of novels you'll recognize Brad Thor as one of our very best contemporary writers.  My son just sent me this article by Mr. Thor on his advice for aspiring writers. His thoughts apply to to all of us, not just writers, whether just starting out in business...

Be Careful in Drafting Non-Compete Agreements

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

It's been a while since we've posted anything on non-compete agreements.  Here's an interesting situation from Illinois in which an employer wishes that it had been more careful in writing down the details of a severance agreement.  The case is Reed v. Getco, LLC, decided September 30, 2016. In r...

NJ Troopers Start Using Body Cameras

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is off-topic and offered without comment, but it's something that everyone in NJ should know about.  NJ State Troopers are starting to wear body cameras.  Here's the story from the New Jersey Public Safety Officers Law Blog. 

Morristown NJ Requires Paid Sick Leave

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Sep 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

My “hometown” of Morristown NJ has jumped on the bandwagon of NJ municipalities that require by ordinance that private sector employers provide employees with paid sick leave.  (I put hometown in scare quotes because during my high school through law school years I lived in an adjoining town but ...

Are CEO’s Disproportionately Psychopathic???

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Sep 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

That's what a recent study suggests, as reported here.  CEO's apparently are not only psychopathic, but the most psychopathic of business people.  Followed immediately by lawyers.  Of course. Surgeons finish in 5th place, but “doctors” are among the least likely occupations to attract psychopaths...

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