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CEPA Protects Independent Contractors

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Apr 27, 2006 | 0 Comments

A recent court decision is important to New Jersey companies that employ consultants or other independent contractors. The Conscientious Employee Protection Act [CEPA] is New Jersey's whistleblower statute. It protects “employees” from retaliation for reporting actual or suspected unlawful conduct by their employers. In D'Annunzio v. Prudential Insurance Company, decided on February 26, 2006, the Appellate Division expanded the definition of “employee” by holding that independent contractors may be “employees” and thus protected by CEPA. A multi-part test applies, so if you have questions about whether your consultants are protected from retaliation by CEPA, you should consult with counsel.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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