A4972 - Arbitration Restrictions - NJCJI Testimony A1215 - Forum Selection [...]
Should attorneys get paid for work they didn’t do? If so, should that money come out of the pockets of injured workers? Those are the questions policy makers who voted yes on S2145 need to be able to answer.
A bill being considered by the New Jersey Legislature would expand the range of damages that could be awarded under our state’s Wrongful Death Act. If passed into law, it would increase insurance premiums for all New Jersey residents by making lawsuits more expensive and difficult to settle.
April 5 was a busy day under the State House dome. While the halls were swarmed with people up in arms over vaccines and nuclear power, two other bills attracted the attention of NJCJI and our allies in the business community.
Several employment bills will be heading for floor votes on Monday, including two of particular concern to NJCJI. The “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act” continues to regulate much more than “equal” pay and would present a significant danger to employers who do, in fact, compensate all employees equally for equal work. S121/A1242, legislation “Concerning Discrimination” would also impose significant risk on employers, attempting to interfere with the enforceability of widespread employment contract provisions and run afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act.
Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on a promise to sign sick leave legislation. He mentioned the issue again in his budget address, urging the legislature to get a bill to his desk. And an Assembly version sponsored by Assemblywoman Lampitt was heard and voted out of the Assembly Labor Committee this week and is moving through the legislative process.
This week the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee voted to release legislation that would make New Jersey the only state in the country to ban arbitration agreements in all employment contracts.
On Tuesday, January 9th, the 218th Legislative Session was opened for the transaction of business. Next Tuesday, the 16th, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov.-elect Shelia Oliver will be sworn in. The following is a snapshot of what we know about the changes that come along with a new session and executive.
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for December 30-January 5.
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for November 4-10.