Welcome back to Monday Morning Pepper, our little game of employment law quick hits, played in honor of the ageless baseball training game of “pepper”, which requires quick thinking and quicker reflexes. Here in central New Jersey it feels closer to winter than spring, but we have confidence that baseball weather is coming.
Here in NJ employment lawyers probably deal with EEOC less than in other states, because, with a few exceptions, the NJ Law Against Discrimination does everything for plaintiffs that Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and the like do for plaintiffs, and often more. The LAD does not require recourse to an administrative process like the federal laws. As a result, most plaintiff lawyers skip the agency process and go straight to court. Nonetheless, sometimes it is necessary for companies to defend cases before the EEOC. This post from the Employment & Labor Law Insider details the “notorious nine” mistakes that defense counsel make when dealing with an EEOC investigation. It's worth the read, and employees will benefit from it, too.
The ongoing horror of disaster in Japan should impel all businesses to consider whether they are prepared to meet possible disasters in NJ. I've spent a good part of the last couple of weeks navigating around flood-closed roads, so there's no doubt that it can happen here. Here's a resource to get you started thinking about these issues.
NJ businesses that want to upgrade employees' technical, communications and language skills, for free, can take advantage of the Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, which is administered through community colleges. The program for Somerset and Hunterdon counties is offered through Raritan Valley Community College.
That's it for this week!