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Department of Labor Proposed Rule Change: White Collar Exemption Update

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its proposed rule change updating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional workers, otherwise known as the “white collar exemptions.”

Since 2004, the DOL’s white collar overtime exemption rule set the salary threshold at $23,660 per year or $455 per week. Although an increase was sought in 2016, attempting to raise the salary threshold to $47,476 annually or $913 per week, that effort was thwarted by court intervention.  The DOL has now released its much-awaited proposed rule change – again seeking to raise the salary threshold. Read More

New York Employers Required to Provide Annual Sexual Harassment Training

While many employers have realized the importance of adopting a preventative anti-harassment policy as well as providing anti-harassment training, this was an option but not requirement that employers had to meet. Effective October 9, 2018, the State of New York will require employers with 15 or more employees to implement annual sexual harassment training to its employees, as well as adopt a comprehensive policy to prevent harassment in the workplace. New York City has also adopted its own law, to go into effect April 1, 2019. While the two laws overlap in many respects, there are some key differences.

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New Jersey Becomes 10th State In The Nation To Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Currently, New Jersey has 13 local municipalities requiring employers provide paid sick leave to employees. The writing was on the wall as the trend toward legislating the benefit of paid sick leave became more prevalent throughout the State. Paid sick leave will no longer just be a local legislative mandate but will soon be required State-wide. Effective October 29, 2018 New Jersey private employers will be required to offer paid sick leave to all employees based upon hours worked. Here’s a summary of what every private New Jersey employer needs to know.

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Sexual Harassment Claims – What is really going on?

It seems we can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about another victim of sexual harassment coming forward to tell his or her story. Why are we seeing a rise in these claims and what can employers do to ensure their organization isn’t the next company making the wrong kind of headlines?

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Final Rule: Overtime

The long awaited changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime exemption for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees (referred to as the White Collar Exemptions), were published on May 18, 2016.

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Reduce Your New Jersey Real Estate Tax

It is New Jersey Real Estate Tax filing season. If you think that your property is over-assessed and that your taxes are too high, contact us for an evaluation. We can take your case on a contingent basis and we only get paid if you save money. Everyone has to pay their fair share, but no one should have to over-pay. The filing deadline is April 1 – don’t wait until the last minute!

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