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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NJCJI is pleased to announce New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo will be the keynote speaker for our Fall Policy Forum on Tuesday, October 9th! 

Asaro-Angelo will offer the Murphy Administration’s perspective on new and proposed employment-related issues currently pending in Trenton, including newly-enacted paid sick leave and equal pay laws, standards for independent contractors, non-compete agreements, and severance packages.

Robert Asaro-Angelo was nominated by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development in January 2018. As Commissioner, Asaro-Angelo oversees the state’s diverse services to New Jersey workers, including the state’s workforce programs, wage and hour compliance, unemployment insurance program, workers’ compensation, temporary disability insurance, and family leave insurance, among other duties.




What NJ Businesses Need to Know about New Employment Laws and Arbitration Policy

The Fight for Arbitration

The right to agree to arbitrate disputes is under attack in New Jersey. Although protected by federal law, legislators and state court judges are persistently seeking end-runs around these federal contract protections.

Does the New Jersey legislature have the authority to restrict the use of arbitration or to deny opportunities to businesses who use arbitration? Is our state court arbitration doctrine consistent with federal law – or do those courts hold arbitration to a higher standard than other contractual agreements?

Experts will discuss what is at stake in the fight for arbitration, and what can be done to make the state safe for faster, more efficient dispute resolution.

Archis Parasharami of Mayer Brown is one of the nation’s leading lawyers in drafting and defending the enforceability of arbitration agreements. Archis has been involved in many of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court arbitration decisions, from the landmark AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion to last year’s Kindred Nursing Centers LP v. Clark.

Gavin Rooney of Lowenstein Sandler specializes in complex litigation defense, with a significant practice defending arbitration and class actions. Gavin also has represented NJCJI in numerous successful appearances before New Jersey’s Appellate and Supreme Courts.

Jason Johnston, of the University of Virginia School of Law, focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution mechanisms.  He has done significant work evaluating the effectiveness of arbitration as a means of providing compensation to injured parties, as well as the deterrent effect of class action litigation.


New Laws, New Challenges for Employers

You’re busy running your business, trying to meet payroll. Maybe you hear that the legislature has passed “sick leave.” Or that the Governor has signed “equal pay” to eliminate the gender “pay gap.”

But you might not realize that these new laws will create significant new risks of liability for employers – even those who, by most reasonable standards, are doing nothing wrong.

Learn what you need to know about the many new restrictions on employers that have been moving through the New Jersey legislature. Our panel of experts will discuss the implications of the new Paid Sick Leave and Pay Equity laws, plus pending efforts to restrict the use of independent contractors, non-compete agreements and even employee severance packages.

Sal Simao, of Ford Harrison, focuses his practice on the representation of companies in employment law matters with a specialization in wage and hour litigation and compliance.

Chris Farella of Epstein Becker, focuses on employment litigation and arbitration, representing entities ranging from small entrepreneurs to large multinational corporations.

Carianne Torrissi of Goldberg Segalla, focuses her practice on employment and labor dispute defense with significant practical experience defending businesses large and small, on matters involving discrimination and wrongful termination.

We hope that you will join us Tuesday, October 9th, from 8:30AM to 1:00PM at PriceWaterHouseCoopers Campus in Florham Park for this informative event. The cost to attend, which includes lunch, program materials, and CLE credits for attorneys, is $50 and free of charge for NJCJI members. Register Today!

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